Dun­dalk schools to host trunk-or-treat

The Dundalk Eagle - - FRONT PAGE - By NI­COLE RODMAN nrod­man@ches­pub.com

Lit­tle ghosts and gob­lins are in­vited to dress up, grab a bag for candy and gather at Dun­dalk/Sollers Point

Tech­ni­cal High School on Fri­day, Oct. 27, from 5 to 7 p.m. for the first Dun­dalk Com­mu­nity “1-Owl” Trunkor-Treat event.

The fes­tiv­i­ties, which are free, will be held in the park­ing lot of the school, at 1901 Del­vale Ave. While the event is geared toward stu­dents at Dun­dalk High and the schools that feed into it (Berk­shire, Col­gate, Dun­dalk, Lo­gan and Nor­wood el­e­men­tary schools, Ho­labird STEM pro­gram and Dun­dalk Mid­dle School), kids from across the com­mu­nity are wel­come to par­tic­i­pate.

All chil­dren must be ac­com­pa­nied by an adult in or­der to par­tic­i­pate in the event.

Ac­cord­ing to Dun­dalk El­e­men­tary School as­sis­tant prin­ci­pal Jen­nifer Szy­man­ski, co­or­di­na­tor of the event, the aim is to of­fer safe trick-or­treat­ing while pro­mot­ing “a sense of com­mu­nity across the Dun­dalk feeder pat­tern.”

Szy­man­ski grew up in Dun­dalk and cher­ishes the sense of com­mu­nity pride that runs through the area. She hopes to build on this pride with the event.

The high­light of the fes­tiv­i­ties will in­clude dec­o­rated ve­hi­cles and ta­bles from feeder schools as well as lo­cal or­ga­ni­za­tions (in­clud­ing CCBC Dun­dalk, Bal­ti­more County Po­lice, and oth­ers).

Each of the trunks (or ta­bles) will be dec­o­rated and rep­re­sen­ta­tives will hand out treats and, in some cases, ed­u­ca­tional re­sources, to trickor-treaters.

Par­tic­i­pants are en­cour­aged, though not re­quired to, wear cos­tumes to the event. No fake weapons and no fully-cov­ered faces will be per­mit­ted as part of cos­tumes.

The event will also in­clude re­source booths pre­sented by a va­ri­ety of ed­u­ca­tional, in­for­ma­tional and ther­a­peu­tic re­sources.

As Szy­man­ski noted, the idea for the event de­vel­oped as the Dun­dalk High feeder schools col­lab­o­rated on ways to unify stu­dents and the com­mu­nity and re­in­force the role of schools as a “re­source and part­ner” for stu­dents and fam­i­lies.

In ad­di­tion to the trunk-or­treat event, Dun­dalk High feeder schools have come to­gether to build on the “1Owl” theme, which started at the high school as a way to pro­mote pride and pos­i­tive be­hav­iors.

The schools also come to­gether each spring to host the Dun­dalk Clus­ter Art Show, fea­tur­ing works from stu­dents across the feeder pat­tern.

The Dun­dalk Com­mu­nity “1-Owl” Trunk-or-Treat event will be held on Fri­day, Oct. 27, from 5 to 7 p.m.

At­ten­dees are also in­vited to stay for the Dun­dalk High ver­sus Mil­ford Mill Acad­emy football game at the ad­ja­cent sta­dium start­ing at 6 p.m. Chil­dren en­ter free with pay­ing adult.

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