Keeping celebrations safe

Krystle Wagner • Oct 28, 2016 at 10:00 AM

As Halloween approaches, administrators are reminding students about how to have a fun and safe celebration at school.

Whether it’s classroom parties and parades or alternative celebrations, students are encouraged to keep their costumes appropriate for school, which means leaving the scary and gory costumes, and weapons at home.

Jeffers Elementary School Principal Shelley Peets said they ask students to come in friendly costumes because of the young children, and they don’t want anyone scared.

“We ask that there is no blood or gore as part of the costume,” she said.

At Jeffers, students celebrate with a Jeffers Jive Monster Mash instead of classroom parties.

It’s the second year the Jeffers Parent Organization is hosting the event, which allows students to wear their costumes and participate in a dance-a-thon fundraiser.

Students receive pledges from family members for participating in the event. Funds are used for the parent organization to support school activities.

Students are also able to participate in games, win prizes and have snacks.

Griffin Elementary School students celebrate by having a parade around the school and with classroom parties.

As families join their children for the celebration, they’re still required to stop in the office and check in.

“We have a great turn out of parents,” said Griffin Elementary School Principal Debra Mann.

Following the last recess of the day, Peach Plains Elementary School students quickly change into their Halloween costumes to prepare for the traditional all-school parade.

Following the parade, the students participate in classroom parties.

When parents and guests arrive to celebrate with students, they will have to enter through the main office and sign in, Peach Plains Elementary School Principal Kate Drake said.

“We offer stickers on busy days like this and remind staff to have a raised level of awareness,” she said. “We watch for stickers.”

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