Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Safe Halloween Event Tonight

Owen J. Roberts Teachers Transform High School into Halloween Extravaganza

Children to Walk the Halls Not the Streets at “Safe Trick-or-Treat Night”
Pottstown, PA:  In many rural parts of Pennsylvania, where sidewalks are not common, trick or treating could pose safety and logistical issues for communities.  Presented with this scenario, teachers and members of the Roberts Education Association (REA) decided to bring trick-or-treating inside, providing a safe and fun environment for children in the community.

On Wednesday, October 30th from 6 -8 p.m., Owen J. Robert High School (981 Ridge Road, Pottstown, PA 19465) will be transformed into a Halloween extravaganza.  Children will walk the halls of the high school and collect candy given by teachers from all district buildings, High School and Middle School clubs and sports, OJR School Board members and community organizations.  In addition, there will be many fall and Halloween themed activities such as relay races, mazes, games, a petting zoo, and a leveled reading area.  There will also be information stands such as the Boy and Girl Scouts, Owen J. Roberts Education Foundation, and Trick or Treat for UNICEF.

We wanted to provide a fun night for our elementary students,” said Karin Suzadail, an Owen J. Roberts teacher and one of the organizers of Safe Trick-or-Treat Night. “They can get the experience of trick or treating in a safe environment.  

“I remember growing up here and my parents had to drive me around to go trick or treating,” said Mark DeFusco an OJR alumnus, teacher and parent.  “We walked in the road because there aren’t many sidewalks in the district.  We felt this event is a great way to support our children and our community.” 

REA teachers ask each person to bring a minimum of one can of nonperishable food per child for admission.  The collected food will be donated to the Coventry Food Pantry which has served families in the Owen J. Roberts School District for 30 years.  Last year the Pantry served 122 families in the school district.  

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