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DAVID F. ASHTON - Releasing pent-up energy near the end of the school year, these kids at the annual Llewellyn Carnival engaged in a tug-o-war. As the end of the school year neared, the playground of Llewellyn Elementary School in Westmoreland was turned into a carnival midway on the late afternoon of May 31, to the delight of students and neighbors who came to play.

"Welcome to this year's Llewellyn Carnival, where we're celebrating the end of another great school year," exclaimed Carnival organizer Georgia Muall-Keyser, who was in her fourth year of Chairing the celebration.

"We love doing this, because at the end of the year, the kids are so ready for summer!" Muall-Keyser grinned. "This is a time and place for kids get to be silly and fun, and enjoy this completely free event – and that includes all kids in the neighborhood who we invite to come and have a good time with us."

In the background, the Sellwood Middle School Marimba Band was playing, rendering tunes both exotic and familiar. "We're glad to have them here; when our students graduate, they'll be heading there, and maybe some of them will join the Marimba Band," Muall-Keyser remarked.

Some twenty parent volunteers helped out this year, as well as twenty-five additional volunteers from business and community organization partners, who set up and provided activities for the carnival. "We're thankful for our community partners, who participate with us," she said.

After playing field games, hopping around in the bouncy house, running from booth to booth and having a snack, quite likely lots of kids slept well that night after the excitement of the annual end-of-school carnival.

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