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Iron Spring Elementary carnival a ‘smashing’ success
by Corey Baumgartner, Iron County Today
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CEDAR CITY--The principal of any elementary school wears many hats during the school year. For Nathan Jenkins, principal of Iron Springs Elementary School, sometimes it also means wearing many cupcakes.

During this year’s Fall Carnival, Principal Jenkins—also celebrating his birthday—donned a diver’s mask and a smile as his students showed their affection in a shower of confection as they threw, smeared and smashed cupcakes—which the students decorated themselves—onto his face, hair, suit and tie. The cupcake caper helped attract people to the annual carnival and fundraiser which assists the school in acquiring new technology, such as Chromebooks and iPads for their students.

Iron Spring’s PTA President Elect, Catherine Webb, explained, “We still have Chromebooks needs for our classrooms and we want to be sure we’re staying competitive with other schools.”

Additionally, 150 volunteers and generous donations from local businesses also helped make the carnival a success. The volunteers included community members, parents, teachers, local businesses and churches, sororities, fraternities and scholars from Southern Utah University. Even volunteer police men and women helped staff the 30 fun activity booths were kids climbed, kicked, bowled, built, threw and got up close and personal with furry farm animals. Of course there was also face and nail painting, hot-dogs, snow cones and cotton candy. Yes, there was even a designated table just for decorating the cupcakes.

This is the second time Principal Jenkins has sacrificed his appearance and apparel for the sake of helping make sure his school and students remain up to date with current technology. During the last school year, he became a human sundae covered in ice cream and toppings as a reward for the students who helped raise money for new computer equipment.

“Our main focus is to get a 1:1 ration between students and technological devices, beginning with our upper grades,” said Jenkins, “Eventually we want all of our grades to have a 1:1 ratio with technology.” He also wished to express his gratitude to the community and their generous donations of time and supplies, including the local businesses, for their continued support of Iron Springs Elementary. He even thanked those dedicated personnel who baked the bountiful stockpile of pelting pastries.

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