Sky's the Limit at Carnival 4 Kids

A Carnival 4 Kids guest checks out the Moraga Station 42's fire engine.

In what has become a De La Salle Week tradition, Saint Mary's Catholic Institute for Lasallian Social Action (CILSA) hosted 200 students from four Concord and Oakland grade schools at the 6th Annual Carnival 4 Kids on May 2.

With "Unlimited Boundaries" as the theme, kids blasted off into a fun-filled day of music, food and games.

"It was a great way to show children they don't have a limit and they don't have to stop with their education," said carnival co-chair Vanessa Cruz ‘10.

Carnival 4 Kids is designed to show children how higher education can open doors to other opportunities. More than 300 Saint Mary's students, faculty and staff participated in the carnival, which is funded by a private donor and supported by Sodexho Dining Services.

Carnival co-chair Tiffany Melo '09 said it was very rewarding to see kids' facial expressions when they stepped off the bus and saw the carnival.

"The children are what matters most, and for me, I do it for the children," she said.

Saint Mary's student organizations and sports teams ran more than 40 booths of games and crafts, including Space Bowling, Astro Bingo and Flying Saucers.

Gael Vision hosted "Solar System Idol," which gave children the chance to sing their favorite Disney songs.
SMC students escort Carnival guests to the next booth on Ferroggiaro Quad.
"It's something both children and (people at) Saint Mary's would like," said Brian Navarro '10. "We had a great crowd of at least 20 people."

Firemen from Moraga Station 42 led children through the inside of a Type 1 Fire Engine and distributed plastic firemen hats, coloring books and stickers.

It was the best part of the day, according to Da'Leah Hodges, 5, from St. Martin de Porres Elementary in Oakland.

"I got tattoos and a hat. I sat in the truck and saw everything in there," she said.

Following an enthusiastic performance by the College's Pulses Dance team, children participated in a dance contest of their own.

Oscar Rincon, 8, of Meadow Homes Elementary was one of the kids who enjoyed dancing in the crowd.

He said the Carnival 4 Kids encouraged his desire to go to college and "become a teacher when I grow up."

--Waioli Shannon ‘09

Office of College Communications

Photos by Gorbachev Lingad '10