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Stella Brockman carnival benefits St. Judes Hospital
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Stella Brockman students took part in Create-A-Pepper coloring contest, with the sheets quilted together and featured at the carnival. They’re joined, from left, by parent and organizer Amy Albrecht, Chili’s manager Ken Motley, and Principal Candace Espinola. - photo by VINCE REMBULAT
Stella Brockman School and the Manteca Chili’s Grill & Bar were in partnership for a good cause.

Together, they raised money for the Chili’s Create-A-Pepper Childhood Cancer campaign, with proceeds from Wednesday’s school carnival benefiting the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Incidentally, the carnival was the brainchild of students from the leadership program of the previous year.

“Last year was just the kick off,” said leadership teacher Rene Knapp, who was thrilled to see the all-school function consisting of restaurant employees, student council and her own group operate like a well-oiled machine.

Chili’s employees volunteered their service to work the various booths with leadership students and those in student council. Included were the golf ball putt, soda ring toss, face painting, football toss, beanbag toss, and the fish bowl toss.

“Some were here since 8:30 a.m.,” Principal Candace Espinola noted.

Rather than interrupt valuable class time, students of the school attended the carnival during their recess or lunch session.

Amy Albrecht, who served as the coordinator and a parent of the school, deemed this year’s event as a success.

“We were very busy,” she said.

Knapp agreed. “We managed to double the funds from last year,” she said.

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is internationally recognized for its pioneering work in finding cures while saving children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases.

Chili’s restaurants around country have been involved in various efforts with a fight childhood cancer campaign.

Albrecht, who is also an employee at the local restaurant, saw a great partnership opportunity with Chili’s and Stella Brockman School.

“It was great that we were able to pool our resources,” Espinola said.

In turn, Ken Motley, manager of the Manteca Chili’s, said his restaurant at 2262 Daniels St. will give a portion back to the school from those using the 10 percent-off flyers on Tuesday evening.

The flyers are available at the school office, according to Espinola.