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BOCES West Learning Center holds end-of-year carnival for studen

APALACHIN (WBNG) — With the school year winding down and summer just a few weeks away, BOCES West Learning Center celebrated its teachers and students with a carnival.

“I’m happy to be here, actually. We’re here to do a carnival today,” said 10th grader, James Varga. “It’s just a fun summer activity for people to be out here and just enjoying life.”

Activities on the back lawn of the West Learning Center had all the fixings of a typical summer carnival.

“Right now we just have a lot of different things for students to do. We have an obstacle course, a dunk tank, so they can dunk their favorite teacher or staff member,” said Stephen Rafferty, a special education teacher at West Learning Center. “We also have some electronic games, like Strike a Light. There’s cotton candy, snow cones and popcorn as well for the students.”

The carnival was made possible by Binghamton Community and Schools Together (BCAST).

BCAST has worked closely with the school for years to bring students closer to their community.

“They’ve been coming once a week for the last two years working with students from Binghamton,” said Rafferty. “They wanted to show their gratitude toward the schools and also give the students kind of a last hurrah, a last party at school before we split for the summer.”

The students enjoy their relationship with their community and a good, old fashioned carnival.

“We do certain activities [with BCAST],” Varga said. “We do things with police. We do things around the community. It’s just very nice.”

“I’ve seen a lot of smiles and not many interruptions at all, so it seems to be going pretty smooth and I’ve see a lot of smiles on the staff’s face as well,” said Rafferty.

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