It was a rather pleasant autumn morning when teenagers rolled out of their beds on a Saturday to go to school to eagerly ask for tasks. After four years, we’ve begun to understand what tasks must be completed first. The backdrops were raised, the boxes were unpacked, and the doors began receiving their paper décor for the night ahead. By completion, everyone was tired, but ready for the crowd of children to come streaming in later that afternoon. When the children arrived, it was a gay sight as they traversed the halls to earn candy prizes and to play games. The children were all engaged in the chaotic scramble to spend their tickets as fast as they could in hopes of winning some prize. Parents’ laughter at their children’s enthusiasm was everywhere.
Trick or Treat Street is an event Student Council takes pride in for many reasons. It is a large-scale operation with a huge amount of planning that requires around five to six hours of set up each year, which yields a large amount of revenue. However, we more take pride more in the service it does for the families in and outside of Ridgeview. At the information booth, I was happy to discover that many of the families were in fact new to the event and new to the school as well. Through this event, Ridgeview branches out into the community, offering up her services to the hearts of families outside of its little corner of the world.
Another incident that made me smile in pride of our school concerned two bags of candy. When a woman and her two children were filling out door prize tickets, the children had set their bags of candy down on a table and promptly walked off without them. The bags sat on the table for a good fifteen minutes remaining completely undisturbed by adults or children until the mother retrieved them. When she found them, she smiled and commented: “These have been sitting here for fifteen minutes and when I come back, they’re still here. This is Ridgeview.” Needless to say, I beamed proudly at hearing the reputation Ridgeview has made for itself. It is a school whose goal is instilling virtue, as well as knowledge, into even the youngest of children, and it has succeeded. Ridgeview is known as a school where the very culture is one of honesty, integrity, and citizenship; where a child would not even think to take a bag of candy that was not their own.
The event was a lucrative success this year, as it was last year, and as I hope it will continue to be in the future. More than successful, I hope it continues to be a way for us to give back to the community and show off our culture of virtue from its courteous high school students to even its youngest children.