Students transform school to bring community together
ST. IGNATIUS – Little monsters and other scary creatures roamed the halls of the St. Ignatius High School on Oct. 30 after the last bell rang for the day.
Students Serving Community club members invited children to dress up in their Halloween costumes for an evening of trick or treating. The event was held the day before Halloween to give the kids an extra night of fun with their costumes and to bring the community together on a night when they might not have other plans.
Leila Marsh, high school senior, waited at a table in the school’s lobby for kids to come through the door. She directed them towards a craft center and table full of treats. She pointed at the entrance to the school hall where classroom doors were decorated and high school students, dressed up in costumes, were handing out candy. High school student Addison Arlint dressed in a homemade costume as a Crocs shoe in the classic clog style. She loves Crocs.
Marsh said that SSC started a few years ago as a way for students to do something positive for their community. In the past, they have picked up trash along the highway and held activities to celebrate Earth Day. The Halloween event is something the students do to bring the community together for a night of fun.
“This is our biggest event,” Marsh said. “We had 300 people attend last year. We get a lot of community support for this.”
Amelia Cronk, 11, sat at one of the art tables turning a lollipop into a spider. She was wearing a brown knit hat, pulled tight around her head, swimming goggles on her forehead, a white scarf was around her neck, and her lips were painted red.
“I’m dressed as Amelia Earhart,” she said of the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean.
Cronk said she didn’t just dress up as the pilot because they have the same name. “She is my hero,” she said. “I’ve read a lot of books about her, and she was great.”
The St. Ignatius Library had a table full of books set up at the end of the hallway. They were giving them away to encourage reading.
Teacher Sara Keast was walking though the halls with a big bag of candy to give the students a refill. She said the students had a candy cane fundraiser during the 2016 holiday season to raise money to buy the bags of candy for the community. She said the group plans to hold the event again next year.