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Mt. Pleasant community carnival is scheduled for Oct. 6

| Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
A.J. Panian | The Mt. Pleasant Journal
Mt. Pleasant Area seniors Olivia Darr (left) and Colleen Kalp, both of whom are members of the school's chapter of the National Honor Society, are coordinating a community carnival to be held Oct. 6 at the Regional Family YMCA of Laurel Highlands near Mt. Pleasant.

Colleen Kalp said she fondly recalls her childhood days spent tossing dimes into glass containers during the “dime toss” at the Stahlstown Fair.

“I enjoyed saving up my dimes and playing that game; it was always my favorite,” said Kalp, 16, a senior at Mt. Pleasant Area Junior-Senior High School.

Kalp — a member of the National Honor Society at the school — aims to make that game just one of many attractions offered at a community carnival hosted by the society on Oct. 6 at the Regional Family YMCA of Laurel Highlands near Mt. Pleasant.

“It's really simple. The folks in Mt. Pleasant are really nice people, and there are a lot of charitable causes,” she said. “I thought this would be a good way to get the community involved with one another and, at the same time, help those who are less fortunate in the community.”

The society is collecting various kinds of unbroken glassware to aid in providing the dime toss at the event, Kalp said.

“We're taking anything from stemware to vases to coffee mugs,” she said.

In addition to the dime toss, the event will tentatively feature pony rides; a concession stand with funnel cakes, hot dogs and hamburgers; a dunk tank; face painting; relay races; and booths with gift baskets to be raffled off every hour.

To aid in her efforts, Kalp said she enlisted Olivia Darr, a fellow Mt. Pleasant Area senior and National Honor Society member.

“This is a big undertaking, so I figured the more hands, the merrier,” Kalp said.

Event proceeds will go to several local charities, including:

• Big Brothers Big Sisters

• Children's Miracle Network

• Special Olympics

• Toys for Tots

• Students Against Destructive Decisions

• Westmoreland County Food Bank.

The event is entirely student run and students like Kalp are seeking donations from local businesses to help carry off the event successfully.

There are three ways to donate: sponsor a raffle basket, which requires a minimum donation of $50; sponsor a table, which requires a minimum donation of $30; or donate a flat amount which will go to the event's general fund.

All donors will receive a certificate and recognition in the carnival brochure.

At the event's conclusion, all donors will be invited to the pavilion at the Regional Family YMCA of Laurel Highlands near Mt. Pleasant at 7 p.m. for a dinner.

Additionally, the top three donors will be recognized and will be given a token of the society's appreciation, Kalp said.

“I was raised to give to people who are less fortunate, and maybe if all get together and donate money to these charitable causes in this economy, maybe we can make a difference,” she said.

Mt. Pleasant Area Junior-Senior High School Principal Ken Williams said he supports the students' initiative and its goals.

“Students here at Mt. Pleasant Area have always shown an initiative for doing work in their communities, but this is a first for something like this, just the sheer size and scope of it,” Williams said. “This is pretty special. Colleen and Olivia are both students who have a lot of drive.”

“The members of National Honor Society are asking for your cooperation and participation to make this event a success,” Williams said. “I would also like to encourage (local business owners) to participate in the event, as this could be a very fruitful venture for everyone and a great way to advertise your business.”

Darr said she hopes the response to the event is favorable with the future in mind.

“If it's a big success, we can maybe pass it down as a fundraiser to the National Honor Society class here next year,” she said.

For more event information, contact Colleen Kalp at 724-610-0008; Olivia Darr at 724-423-6484; or faculty representative Kevin Svidron at 724-547-4100, ext. 1216.

A.J. Panian is an editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-547-5722 or