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BAYONNE -- Marist High School carnival continued Saturday despite a late start due to rain.
A spirit of joy filled Kennedy Boulevard on Saturday afternoon after a heavy rain finally passed. As the sun peaked through the clouds, children and adults again enjoyed the various games, rides, and food available at the carnival.
Marist High School faced the daunting task of raising $1.5 million to avoid closing next school year. Despite falling short of its goal, officials said the school would reopen after students, teachers, and alumni worked around the clock to save their school.
The energy at the carnival on Saturday showed what Marist High School remaining open has meant to Bayonne and its community.
"There's pride and there's heritage.
Marist has been here for so long and for it to close would have been terrible" said Ben Minish-Malinconico, a lifelong Bayonne resident. "Having the carnival and bringing in revenues, it's all just a big positive thing for the school. Marist is a staple of the community."
The four-day carnival began on Thursday.
The carnival was sponsored by CarePoint Health, CarePoint Health Foundation, RWJBarnabas Health, New Jersey City University, NJIN Bayonne and Facts Tuition Management System.