Halloween comes early to Eagle River

Fire Lake holds carnival to raise money for field trip


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Three-year-old Landon McCormick enjoys the festivities at Fire Lake Elementary’s fall carnival Friday, Oct. 21.

STAR PHOTO BY MIKE NESPER

Fueled by Butterfinger, Skittles and Dr. Pepper, zombies, princesses and superheroes roamed the halls of Fire Lake Elementary to kick off the Halloween holiday Friday, Oct. 21. Sugar-high children bounced from one of the fall carnival’s 18 games to the next, wolfed down hot dogs and voted on the top jack-o’-lantern.

And all this fun was had in the name of science.

The annual fundraiser is held to send the fifth-grade class on an overnight trip to Seward. The class takes a fjords tour and visits the Alaska SeaLife Center, said fifth-grade teacher and event organizer Suzie Feuer.

The field trip offers an aspect to education a textbook can’t, said Feuer, who’s run the carnival for six years.

“It’s hands-on experience,” she said. “They never forget it.”

The trip to the eastern Kenai Peninsula also offers students a look at other parts of the state, Feuer said.

“A lot of kids never get that opportunity,” she said. “It’s wonderful.”

The trip, which every Fire Lake fifth-grader experiences, is one of the most popular in the school, Feuer said.

“The kindergarteners are already talking about it,” she said.

The fall carnival, too, ranks up there with memorial events.

Feuer said she sees familiar faces each year that have since moved on to higher education.

“It’s a real big community thing,” she said. “It is a lot of fun.”

Last year, the event raised $4,000, Feuer said, a figure she didn’t anticipate to surpass this year.

“With the economy, I was expecting less, but I think we had more people,” she said.

Contact Mike Nesper at 694-2727 or mike.nesper@alaskastar.com

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