JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - The amount of fun things to do at Northside Elementary School's first-ever carnival to benefit teachers is surpassed only by the number of smiles on all the faces.
Most who have come out live in Clinton, but some came from farther away.
"It's fun. I want to play games and stuff," says Shamiya Logan of Bolton.
The kids enjoyed popcorn, cotton candy, face painting, golf, basketball, and more.
"I like basketball because when I grow up I want to be a basketball player," says Ladajah Kelly of Clinton.
Inside the school, homeroom moms collected donations to provide gift baskets for auctioning off. There's also a book fair. Parents can buy books for their children, and help in the classroom.
"It's like a teachers list, you have to buy a book for your teacher, for her classroom. It's really nice," says parent Stacey Owens.
Principal Joy Tyner says all the money raised will to Northside Elementary School teachers. "When I talk to the teachers, they tell me on average they spend about $100 per month out of their pocket. They want things to be perfect in their classrooms, so they're willing to sacrifice to get it that way," she says.
Keith Dowd is enjoying the carnival with his daughter. "My wife is a teacher here. We're supporting her. Coming out, visiting with the other kids and parents," he says.
The carnival might also be one of the last hurrahs for this school. The building will close for good after the next school year. A new Northside Elementary School is going up.
"It' been here for a long time. It's a shame this place has to be torn down," says Noah Martinolich, a former Northside student.