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Lewisboro Circus Raises Money and Spirits

LEWISBORO, N.Y. – Squeals of delight echoed throughout Lewisboro Elementary School (LES) on Saturday as children raced through the corridors taking in the sights, sounds and smells of the annual Lewisboro Circus.

While “circus” is a bit of a misnomer for the annual LES PTA fundraiser, for the kids and parents who attended, the fun quotient was just as high as if it had been a real Big Top.

“We call it a ‘circus,’ but that is more of a theme,” said Laurie Scinicariello, the PTA’s Circus co-chair. “It’s an annual event that we’ve been doing a long time. It’s the main fundraiser for the PTA.”

The event crammed the halls and classrooms of the school with an array of events and activities that ranged from a bake sale, cake walk, arts and crafts, a music and dance program, raffles, face painting and lots of circus-centric food such as popcorn, cotton candy, pizza and frozen yogurt. And it featured something no circus should be without – a clown.

Scinicariello said the business community and parents pull together every year to help make the circus a success.

“We didn’t pay for any of this,” she said, gesturing to the plethora of gift baskets that were being raffled off. “And all the food was donated from local delis and pizzerias. We make a lot of money from the food and bake sales – all the cakes were baked by the parents.”

The raffle baskets, which were designed by the school’s classes, each had theme, including LEGOS, Star Wars, American Girl dolls. But the grand prize of all the drawings was a coveted iPad.

Outside, the weather was perfect, which helped attendance tremendously, especially when compared to last year when a snowstorm postponed the event to the following day – Super Bowl Sunday – something with which no fundraiser wants to compete.

“It’s been a wonderful turnout this year; we have people from all over,” Scinicariello said. “We have a woman who came here from Greenwich, Conn. She saw the signs along the road and decided to bring her grandchildren.”

It was indeed the children who made the circus a success. Third graders Nicholas Debincenzo, Daniel Gonzalez and Grady Halaifonua walked the hallways munching cotton candy looking for the next fun thing to do.

“I come every year; it’s really fun,” Gonzalez said. “My favorite thing is the cakewalk.”

In the face-painting room, dozens of children lined up for a chance at a whimsical makeover, including second grader Zachary Amerling.

“This is a fun event. It’s was a good choice for something to do this weekend,” said Paul Amerling, Zachary’s dad. “[Zachary] chose to come here. He had a choice of places to go and he chose this. It trumped the Eagle Fest.”

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