- Community Service
A two-story inflatable slide, a bouncy castle, dunk tank, and prizes galore awaited the nearly 300 local children who came to Lawrenceville yesterday for the School’s annual Springfest carnival held in The Circle. Lawrenceville Housemates teamed up to create games, paint faces, prepare crafts, and share treats with their younger buddies, Mercer County, N.J. kids who participate in the School’s community service program throughout the year. It was a sun-filled, truly joyous afternoon for all, thanks to the generosity of Leigh Lockwood P’97 ’02, who has sponsored the event since its 1994 inception.
It’s impossible to tell who has a better time: the Lawrentians or their guests. “I’m happy to see all of the kids having a good time – it’s a fun way to meet the kids who live around here,” said Brinly Teeple ’23 while at the Stanley House beading table. Victor Zhu ’23 concurred, saying, “It’s a great event for everyone to scatter around The Circle, play with kids, and have fun together.”
Fourth Formers Jess Lespinasse ’24 and Aiden Rourke ’23, staffed the Hamill House sponge toss. “I love seeing the kids, seeing them laugh and smile makes you smile,” said Lespinasse. “There’s good food, good candy – the kids are having fun and I’m having fun.” Rourke was grateful for the chance to give back to the wider community” through volunteering at the carnival.
Science teacher Daniel Concepcion ’02, who has now participated in Springfest as both a student and faculty member, spoke while escorting youngsters in the cotton candy line. “It’s great for our [School] community to come together as one with the outside community and celebrate this beautiful day,” he said.
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