Milford Senior High School students are busily preparing for their 2nd Annual Haunted Hallways. Last year over 2,400 Milford community members attended this event, and this year’s event may be even larger. It will involve over 18 student groups who are joined together by the desire to offer community children who are 12 and under a safe and weather controlled Trick-or-Treat event on Thursday, October 29 from 6 to 7:30pm.
Milford students will be practicing organization and planning skills while they coordinate with other student groups and teacher advisors in order to decorate their section of hallway for the arrival of Milford community members. Even more than that, students are taking some of their first steps in becoming involved citizens of the local community. Teachers and students have recognized the need for the community and school to join together for this event which supports local children.
“As high school teachers, we feel a strong responsibility to help our students understand that our community works the best when we work together. Helping each other out, seeing a need and trying to fill that need and generally understanding that as a school, community, town and country, we are stronger working together than working separately,” said Judith Bruns, teacher advisor for the event. “Students at the high school age, are at a point in their life when they can become a bit less self-involved and begin to be more altruistic in their outlook on life. As teachers we have to lead by example, by bringing attention to a need in our community and asking our students to help address that need, we hope that students start to come to us with some community issues they are aware of so we can work together to help solve issues that we may not be knowledgeable about.”
Students are asking community businesses to help sponsor this popular event with donations of either cash, candy or other child friendly giveaways. Any money collected from local businesses and individuals will go into a Haunted Hallways specific account to be used by programs that do not typically raise money to purchase candy or other hand-outs for our Trick-or-Treaters. If enough is donated, some funds can be used for more elaborate decorating of the hallways. Last year almost every organization decorated the school either out of money they had earned with fundraisers or out of the teacher’s own pockets.
All sponsors will be recognized in the Sponsor’s Great Pumpkin Patch which will be located just outside the entrance to the Haunted Hallways. The greater the donation, the greater the pumpkin size. Any community members who would like to contribute can contact Judith Bruns at firstname.lastname@example.org or 302-422-1610 ext. 1624, or they can leave their donation of candy or money with the secretary in the main office at the high school.