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Byram Hills Preschool Assn. Sponsors Carnival

ARMONK, N.Y. – The Byram Hills Preschool Association sponsored a carnival Wednesday afternoon at Community Park on Business Park Drive, which moms and toddlers flocked to.

Nicole Celentano, president of the preschool association, said she was excited about the carnival because it was the beginning of a chain of events the association has lined up.

“Since it’s the first event of the year, everyone really looks forward to it,” Celentano said. “School has just started, everybody is ready to have a lot of fun, see old friends, meet new ones, and you can’t beat a carnival. You can’t beat rides and you can’t beat free ice cream, and we absolutely had a perfect day for it.”

The carnival featured bouncy houses, small rides, and an ice-cream truck.

The nonprofit organization holds activities for preschoolers of the Byram Hills School District and also conducts fundraisers. The proceeds from all fundraisers are donated to various causes, according to Celentano.

"Once people pay for their membership for the preschool association most, if not all, of the events are free for them throughout the year,” she said. “I just hope people are aware of the preschool association because it’s a phenomenal organization that’s been around for over 40 years and we do a lot of wonderful events in so many different arenas throughout the year.”

Celentano grew-up in Armonk and now that she has a family of her own, she’s happy to have the preschool association—not only for the benefits it brings to the community, but to her social life.

“Now that I have kids it’s great to be able to meet people through this association, to get reacquainted with other people and have things for the kids to do,” she said. “It’s really a great organization.”

Deborah Goldman and Joanne Millett of the Byram Hills Education Foundation were also present at Community Park during the carnival to raise awareness about what the foundation does.

“We raise money and grant it to the schools for programs that otherwise wouldn’t be funded—stuff that wouldn’t make it on the regular budget,” Millett said. “A lot of these people don’t have kids in our schools yet but when they get to kindergarten they’ll see some of the stuff donated and then maybe they’d want to donate.”

The Byram Hills Education Foundation has donated are e-Readers, weight-room upgrades, calculators, digital camcorders, and Lexia Reading Software.

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