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Seeing the Bond Mill carnival through a child's eyes [West Laurel]

By Chris Folks, CBFolksWL@aol.com 301-490-0797

9:29 AM EDT, June 6, 2013

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Bond Mill Elementary is closing this memorable 2012-2013 school year this week but not without celebration and good old-fashioned fun. I was happy to have the opportunity to bring my little namesake, 6-year-old Hannah Christine, to her very first Bond Mill carnival. First, I explained to Hannah that her mother, Heather, went to Bond Mill Elementary long ago. I loved seeing this very special event again through her eyes.

We were greeted by Principal Justin FitzGerald and we spied teacher Pat Gager, the "Pocket Lady." Umbrenda Fisher competed with us at the Cake Walk. Hannah chose a beautiful butterfly to be painted on her face. She relished her cotton candy (don't tell her Mom about that). She also rode the pony, climbed a wall, bounced on the moon bounce and rode the whirly ride. Her cousin, Kris, won a really cool purple hat for her that matched her butterfly and fluffy purple lei.

We had a great time with the other hundreds of children and their families who walked around in their jester hats and other crazy prizes. Hannah would agree that the Bond Mill PTO planned and orchestrated another awesome carnival that everybody will be talking about until the next one in May 2014.

The annual Bond Mill Talent Show did not disappoint. After auditions, 32 brilliant acts were enjoyed by the entire school. There were all kinds of entertainmentsinging, dancing, piano and instrumental pieces. Costumes were glittery and sparkly. Highlights included a dancing act by very talented London Johnson, and Riley Johnston-Napora wowed the crowd with her beautiful voice. Rashad Hill, Zachary Curtin and Brandon Milline got the crowd bouncing with a hip hop dance mix. Outgoing fifth-graders Haley Zack and Kayla Hendershot performed a hysterical ventriloquist act that they have improved upon over their BMES years. A weekly after-school group of students called Just Dance Group kicked up their heels after practicing under the tutelage of teacher Jessica Albrecht and fifth-graders Sivalesh Ramu and India Harsley.

Madison Endres and Chase van der Have were the Masters of Ceremony. The show was topped off by a surprise Harlem Shake compliments of the entire Bond Mill staff. The staff wore crazy bright costumes as they strutted across the stage, and the students went wild with laughter and delight.

Congratulations to Terry and Dave Muzzy; they are grandparents for the first time. Their daughter, Lucy and her husband, Andrey, welcomed their 8 pound 7 ounce beautiful daughter Lyla Rosemary Spektor on May 29.