District Holds Carnival for Extra-Curriculars

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PECKVILLE--Valley View School District in Lackawanna County is taking fundraising to a whole new level.

The school district, which is located in Archbald held a carnival over Labor Day weekend.

The carnival was held in Peckville at the John Henzes Veterans Memorial Stadium.

School officials said they came up with the concept after realizing they needed to come up with new ideas for fundraising.

"It's tough to come up with money to keep programs, especially sports. You have other districts that do pay to play, you have other districts that make the parents buy their stuff. We at Valley View are trying out very best to not do that," said Dominick Perini.

Perini is a member of the Valley View Board of Education. He came up with the idea to host a carnival for the school district.

"I think its a great way to fundraise for the booster clubs because you know with the budget cuts lately it's just a great way for our Cougar family to get together to fundraise for everybody," senior Emily Pivovarnik said.

School officials said money from the four day carnival will be divided amongst the sports teams, clubs and musical programs.

Parents say any extra money for the kids and school programs will go a long way.

"Thus far there hasn't been a program cut and we don't have to pay to play. Everything is provided through the district and we're one of the lucky districts in the area," Ernie Mengoni said.

Mengoni's son is a junior at Valley View High School.

He is very involved with musical programs in the district.

Mengoni's son said extra money from this carnival can go a long way.

"Like marching equipment because that can get very expensive, and you're always buying new instruments," Jonathan Mengoni said.

School officials said a few thousand people came through the carnival over the course of its four days.

As of Monday afternoon, they did not know how much money was raised.

District officials said they will talk about the event at future meetings. They will then determine whether or not they will host the carnival next year.