The Roland-Story Parent Teacher Organization Carnival has been rescheduled due to the Iowa State Cyclones basketball game and will now be held Friday, April 11 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Roland-Story Elementary. Packets that came home with students before spring break can still be used to pre-order tickets until Friday, April 4. Volunteers are also still needed so please visit the online sign-up at http://www1.mysignup.com/cgi-bin/view.cgi?datafile=carnivalrs.

The fun-filled evening has become an annual tradition for the community. Last year the event raised more than $6,800 to support Roland-Story elementary and middle school students and teachers. Funds raised at the carnival are used to purchase classroom technologies, programmatic support, field trips and other needs not covered by school funds.

According to PTO president Eileen Wuebker, events like the carnival are key to supporting Roland-Story students:

"The school carnival is a fun event for our children and an excellent fundraiser for our schools. Events like this made it possible for the PTO to donate more than $24,000 in technology, curriculum and classroom materials to the elementary and middle schools this school year," Wuebker said. "In addition we placed over $7,000 worth of books in the school libraries and funded field trips at a cost of approximately $8,000 this year. We sincerely appreciate the very generous support of the parents, teachers and community toward the success of our PTO."

Last year more than 6,500 carnival game tickets were sold. This year proves to hold more fun and exciting raffle prizes including a Razor electric scooter, museum and movie passes, gift cards and more than 50 others. New games include fishing, a photo booth, grand prize game, and more. Annual favorites like plinko, goodie walk, putt-putt golf, balloon animals, a duck pond, face painting and others will also be offered. Walking tacos, pizza and other food will be available for purchase. More than 45 local businesses are sponsoring the 2014 event co-chaired by Tami Corcoran and Audrey Heaberlin. Tickets are also available at the door.