Glacier Ridge Elementary School will melt down this weekend as the PTO holds its largest fundraiser.

Glacier Ridge Elementary School will melt down this weekend as the PTO holds its largest fundraiser.

The Meltdown Winter Carnival will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 3 at Glacier Ridge Elementary, 7175 Glacier Ridge Blvd.

"This is the biggest fundraiser of the year for Glacier Ridge," event chair Peggy Bartsch said. "With all the district cuts, it's very important we have a good one."

The Meltdown event has been around for five years, Bartsch said. Proceeds will go into the PTO's general fund, which provides money to the school for equipment, supplies and activities.

"In the past we've raised money for SMART Boards in the all the classrooms," Bartsch said. "We accomplished that at the end of last year. This year it'll be going to teacher grants, author visits, supplies for the school - things that teachers need."

But fundraising isn't the event's sole goal.

"Our main focus is for families to get together and do something together and have a good time," Bartsch said. "We want them to not have to rush around. Come and enjoy the fun."

Activities for children at the carnival are plentiful.

"It's $15 to get into the gym where we have inflatables for kids to play on, and that's unlimited," Bartsch said. "We'll have a cake walk and book boogie, with prizes of books."

Tickets also will be on sale for face painting, mini-manicures and a photo booth, and food available for purchase will include pizza, salads, hot chocolate, snow cones, sandwiches and other snacks.

"Up and down the hallways we'll have carnival games, all free, like a ring toss and silly things like that," Bartsch said. "We'll have a huge Twister game that 10 people can play at a time."

A silent auction will be held in the school library, with items including event tickets, donations from local businesses and gift baskets.

"Each classroom puts together a basket with a theme," Bartsch said.