Central Crossing High School students set the North American record last year for the largest piggyback race.
On Sunday, Sept. 8, youngsters who will someday attend the high school earned the reward -- a carnival put on by Central Crossing students, staff and volunteers.
"The carnival was designed for children ages 7 to 13 so that they can come in, see the school building and get familiar with it," said Valerie Mussi, a Central Crossing English teacher who helped organize the piggyback race event and Sunday's carnival.
"This is a huge school building. It can be scary when you first come here as a freshman," Mussi said. "This gives them a chance to walk around, see the classrooms and hopefully get excited about attending Central Crossing some day."
Inflatable slides, an obstacle course and other midway and carnival style games were set up outside the school.
Inside, activities were set up in the gym and in every classroom except for labs, including cheerleading and theater clinics, games, face-painting and a kids' DJ and dance room.
"We had about 75 students and 60 adults helping out with the carnival," Mussi said. "We hope to have even more next year."
The school plans to make the carnival an annual event, she said.
Funds for this year's event were raised by the $1 entry fee students paid to participate in last September's piggyback race and T-shirt sales, Mussi said.
"A lot of our teachers also donated money," she said.
"We'll need to come up with some other fundraising ideas for next year's carnival," Mussi said.
More than 1,000 Central Crossing students participated in the piggyback race, falling only about 20 short of the world record.
"It was a little disappointing (to be so close). But, hey, we've got the North American record, so that's quite an accomplishment," Mussi said.
Videotape of the race was sent to the Guinness Book of World Records, which certified the school had set the North American record.