Every year, FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America) hosts a Halloween community event known as Trick or Treat Street at HR. This year, this event is taking place on Monday Oct. 29.
“Trick or Treat Street is an annual community event where kids from all over Highlands Ranch can come to the school and walk around the hallways, look at decorations, play games in the classroom, and get candy,” said Kaylee Spedon, junior and president of FCCLA.
Ushmi Akruwala, junior and vice president of FCCLA said, “The purpose of Trick or Treat Street is to make sure the kids have fun and to unify the school along with the community. There aren’t many times in the year where 30 plus clubs get together to do something for a charity and for a good cause.”
FCCLA picks an organization to donate to every year. Last year, the event raised around $1000 and this year they hope to raise more for a local food bank called Wishlist Network.
Trick or Treat Street, being one of FCCLA’s biggest events, takes a lot of time and effort. Members of the club have this event on their agendas and start brainstorming all the way from the beginning of first semester.
“Every officer meeting leading up to Trick or Treat Street, we plan about it, and as it gets closer, we talk about it in the chapter meetings as well so our members can volunteer and know that a lot of work and help is needed,” said Spedon.
This year FCCLA has expanded and recruited help for decorations, advertising, and door management from other CTSO (Career & Tech Ed Organizations) clubs including FBLA, TSA, and DECA because it has become bigger than what the club can handle. “In the past, it’s just been FCCLA running it alone,” said Spedon. “We need more manpower this year because it takes a lot of time to set up and then take down all of the school decorations.”
Although this event is involving more clubs this year, it will still be running and functioning the same way it has been every year. “I am hoping to see more kids because our advertising has been bigger this year,” said Shannon Wessels, FCSA teacher. Since there is more helping hands this year, FCCLA is looking forward to see overall improvements.
Spedon said, “Hopefully the decorations this year will be a lot cooler and hopefully we can bring more people together and get more clubs to be involved.”
Abhipsha Shrestha, Staff Reporter