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Celebrating a new school year at the BRE carnival


No carnival would be complete without cotton candy, and this BRE third grader is enjoying his.

These good friends are enjoying the night while wearing matching smiles and purple fifth grade school spirit shirts.

Article and photos by Elean Gersack

It has become a welcome back to school tradition at Buffalo Ridge Elementary School — the BRE Family Stampede & Carnival. On August 19, students and families, along with teachers and school staff, took to the school fields for an evening of fun all while catching up with old friends and meeting new classmates.

Students took part in carnival games like the lollipop tree and dessert walk, as well as activities like bungee bull and super inflatable obstacles courses. Carnival goers also enjoyed eating sno cones and cotton candy and receiving temporary tattoos.

The Douglas County K-9 Unit was on hand offering free demonstrations. Brave BRE dad Bryan Hilgendorf played the part of criminal while children and parents witnessed canine police work first hand.

The night would not have been complete without the ever-popular dunk tank. Kids eager to soak teachers and staff waited in line to have a chance to throw three balls for $1. Principal Berggren, Mrs. Shaffner, Mrs. Pedrett, Mrs. Kennedy, Mrs. Pinke, Mrs. Gutierrez, and Mr. Dave were all great sports as they anxiously sat in the tank waiting for the ball to strike – in some cases many, many times!

In the end, it was an extra special night for BRE families thanks to BREA Carnival Chairperson, Laurie Jacobs, and her entire crew.

As a large crowd gathered to watch, BRE dad Bryan Hilgendorf played the role of the bad guy’ for the Douglas County Sheriff K-9 demonstration.

After waiting patiently for his turn, this third grader takes aim in an attempt to dunk Principal Berggren in the Dunk Tank.



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