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Trick-or-treat for a cause
by Emily Umphrey — Special to the Tribune
Oct 28, 2013 | 1024 views | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune file photo -- Trick-or-Treating in the Halls has become a Spanish Springs High School signature event where student and community families enjoy a safe, warm Halloween experience. The event will be held Tuesday evening.
Tribune file photo -- Trick-or-Treating in the Halls has become a Spanish Springs High School signature event where student and community families enjoy a safe, warm Halloween experience. The event will be held Tuesday evening.
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For 12 years now, Spanish Springs High has put on a fundraiser called Trick-Or-Treating in the Halls. It is seemingly always met with much anticipation by the students as well as the community.

Trick-Or-Treating in the halls began as a simple class project under the previous leadership adviser at the school as part of class requirements. It has continued because of the local support of the staff and community.

“(This event) has grown each and every year and would be impossible to quit doing it. It is part of our community” Matt Faker, the current Leadership Adviser, says.

The event, put together over a series of weeks. Is completely planned and executed by students. Headed by a committee of five, along with the entire class of 33 students, planning begins weeks ahead of time goes right up to the night of the event with student members of the school's various clubs doing their own fundraising that night.

The entire event is a benefit to the community as a whole. The school collects five barrels of food on average that go to those in need in the community. Money raised goes to the various clubs and sports teams of the school so they can use it as they need it and the 100s of kids who show up get to trick-or-treat in a safe, warm environment. There will be nearly 40 doors for kids to stop at and get candy. There are also games, ranging from fishing to pin the tail on the donkey, that parents and kids can choose to play as well as cakewalks and other events.

“Clubs charge $.25 to $1.00 to play the games and all that money goes to the clubs to do club stuff.”

First and foremost, Trick-or-Treating in the Halls is a food drive, though it has obviously grown into much more.

"Active and involved programs follow the Nevada Association of Student Councils and one of the requirements is a food drive,” Faker said. The cost to get in is either $2 or 2 cans of food and once inside Trick-or-Treating is free.

The event will be Tuesday from 5 p.m-8 p.m.
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