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Washington School celebrates fall with carnival of costumes

Vampire Dominic Mondati (left) gives hippie Will Buytaert a scare during the annual Fall Ball at Washington Elementary School. (Photo courtesy of Washington Elementary School)1 / 7
Melanie Buhs (left) and Whitney Benjamin-Hall take a break from carnival games and treats to smile for the camera. (Photo courtesy of Washington Elementary School)2 / 7
Piper Donofrio (left) and Reese Bergren enjoy a treat before heading back for more fun. (Photo courtesy of Washington Elementary School)3 / 7
Students and teachers donned costumes and paraded around Washington Elementary School during the annual Fall Ball on Friday, Oct. 26. (Photo courtesy of Washington Elementary School)4 / 7
Washington Elementary School Principal Robbi Mondati showed off her skills with a broom before flying home for the weekend. (Photo courtesy of Washington Elementary School)5 / 7
Hendrik Rennquist is ready for the party. (Photo courtesy of Washington Elementary School)6 / 7
Incredibles Sven and Mandy Rosebrock are ready to save the day during Washington Elementary School's Fall Ball. (Photo courtesy of Washington Elementary School)7 / 7

Washington Elementary School in Cloquet transformed into a kaleidoscope of color and costumes as students and faculty alike dressed up for the school's annual "Fall Ball" Friday, Oct. 26.

Students conducted a grade-by-grade costume parade around the school. The parade culminated with carnival games, prizes and treats for the students.

"There was a huge turn out and lots of fun," Principal Robbi Mondati said.

The carnival is organized by Washington's second-grade team. Proceeds are used to offset the costs of the second grade's annual trip to the Science Museum of Minnesota in St. Paul.

The April trip aligns with the second-grade unit about dinosaurs. It is usually the day after the second grade performs a dinosaur-themed music program for the rest of the school.

Jamey Malcomb

Jamey Malcomb has been a reporter for the Pine Journal since October 2018. He previously worked as a reporter for the Lake County News-Chronicle from 2015-2018. Malcomb is a native of North Carolina and holds a bachelor's degree in English and history from the George Washington University and a master's degree in education from George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. Malcomb moved to Minnesota in July 2012 and worked as a sports clerk and news assistant at the Duluth News Tribune. 

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