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April 30, 2008 > Carnival celebrates diversity

Carnival celebrates diversity

By Brittney Hansen
Photos By courtesy of Rina David

In May, the Fremont Parent's Nursery School (FPNS) will be celebrating cultural diversity with the Children's Carnival of Culture. Join them on Saturday, May 17 from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. for an exciting day that will not only provide you and your family with a ton of fun, but also support young students at FPNS.

The school was established in 1961 as an opportunity for parents and their children to learn and have fun together. Serving children ages two to pre-kindergarten, FPNS offers several low-cost programs that enrich the lives of young children and their parents. Participating children learn about science and nature, arts and crafts, and participate in educational field trips. FPNS is a parent cooperative preschool, which means that parents are involved with the school and necessary to its success. Parents help with programs and duties, building lasting friendships with the other participating families.

For programs to remain low-cost, FPNS hosts fundraisers. This is the third year that FPNS has put together a children's carnival, and not likely to be the last. The theme of last year's carnival was fairy-tale kingdom; this year they are focusing on the cultural diversity found in our communities. "It's powerful when families of different ethnicities, religion, culture, and socio-economic backgrounds can all work together to produce an event like this," said FPNS fundraising coordinator, Karl Welch. "I feel that being a part of this school helps me and the other families strengthen the increasingly diverse community we live in. I wish the whole world worked this way."

The children's carnival will feature music, food and activities from many different cultures. Tasty ethnic foods will be available, and older children from local schools will perform at the event. Activities include craft booths, a jump house, ring toss, story telling, and much more. The carnival will be held on FPNS' Centerville campus in Fremont, but because the carnival is too big for the campus grounds alone, Olivera Elementary School is making their field available as well.

A variety of vendors and sponsors, from Jamba Juice and Sweet Tomatoes, to Happy Fish Swim School and the San Francisco Zoo will be present at the carnival. Visitors can purchase a snack, such as a delicious soft pretzel from Auntie Anne's, to munch on while enjoying performances and works of art that reflect our diverse community.

Designed to include everyone, the coordinators like this year's theme so much, they may repeat it again next year. Don't miss this unique opportunity to spend quality time with family and friends in a relaxed environment filled with fun.

To learn more about programs and services offered by FPNS or this upcoming event, visit, or call (510) 793-8531.

Children's Carnival of Culture: a Celebration in Diversity
Saturday, May 17
10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Fremont Parent's Nursery School
4200 Alder Ave., Fremont
(510) 793-8531
Admission: $5 (Adults), Free (Children age two and under)

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