Kids enjoy games and more at Back-to-School Carnival

By Brenda Sullivan - ReminderNews
Manchester - posted Wed., Aug. 21, 2013
Ethel Colon sings ‘Swing Low, Sweet Chariot’ at the third annual Back-to-School
Ethel Colon sings ‘Swing Low, Sweet Chariot’ at the third annual Back-to-School Carnival hosted by Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Manchester. Photos by Brenda Sullivan.

Children spent one of the last Sundays before school begins enjoying games, snacks, face-painting, music, a giant bounce-house in the shape of a fire engine and much more at the third annual Back-to-School Carnival hosted by Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Manchester.

And it was all free, including back packs filled with school supplies – which children also used to bring home prizes and other treats from the festive afternoon. The carnival also celebrated the culmination of the children’s Vacation Bible School week. About 25 children and their families attended the celebration.

While children enjoyed snacks – including cupcake-cones – Ethel Colon strummed a guitar and sang songs such as “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot.”

At the crafts table, the children decorated water-bottle holders, decorated posters and created key chains. And nearby at the face-painting station, they chose designs inspired by their favorite superheroes and storybook characters.

While 7-year-old Cordell sat patiently having his face painted to match his Superman T-shirt, he thought about whether he was looking forward to going back to Burr Elementary in just a couple of weeks and then answered matter-of-factly, “Not so much.”

However, 7-year-old Anastasia said she is looking forward to seeing friends when she returns to Waddell Elementary. She’s even looking forward to studying math, she said.

She added that she had a good time with church friends at the carnival, and especially enjoyed matching her hula-hoop skills against some of the older girls.

Members of Zion Evangelical have more special events to look forward to, said Lee West, who leads the church’s Christian education program.

Beginning in September, the church will host Family Fun Day from 7 to 9 p.m. on the last Friday of each month.

“We’ll have movies and cartoons, games, popcorn… something for children of all ages… and all at no charge, just like today’s carnival,” West said.

And like the back-to-school event, Family Fun Days will be open to all families in the neighborhood.

Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church is located at 120 Cooper St. For more information, call the church at 860-649-4243, visit the website at http://zionchurchct.org or e-mail Zion120@att.net.


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