Offering candy, prizes and gratitude
Two schools in the Santa Clarita Valley earned $500 thanks to their students’ participation in last month’s Operation Gratitude: Halloween Candy Buy Back event, which attempted to connect the local community with those who have served in the armed forces.
During the 10th annual buy-back event, attendees sold their Halloween candy to Santa Clarita Advanced Dentistry and owners Allen and Kelly Smudde for $1 per pound, according to event organizers. Participants also received dental goodies, played Halloween-themed minigames and met with soldiers in attendance or wrote letters of gratitude to those who are stationed overseas.
Meadows Elementary School was named the school with the most participants, meaning a $500 donation will soon be on its way to the staff and students, said Brittany Dragicevich, a marketing director for the dental office.
And, even though they had fewer participants, Dragicevich said that Emblem Academy was also able to secure a $500 prize after the school donated the most candy in terms of weight.
In total, a little less than 2,000 pounds of candy were donated at the annual event, according to the dental office. The candy was sent overseas with the letters that the children wrote.
Local youth participate in Operation Gratitude.