Of­fer­ing candy, prizes and grat­i­tude

The Signal - - News - By Bren­non Dix­son Sig­nal Staff Writ­ers bdix­[email protected]­nalscv.com

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.

Sig­nal file photo

Lo­cal youth par­tic­i­pate in Oper­a­tion Grat­i­tude.

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