RANDOLPH, NJ- The hallways of Randolph High School were transformed into a Halloween oasis by over 100 students on Saturday Nov. 2, who volunteered to classroom doors for a special trick or treating event hosted by the Helping Hands Club.
After school on Friday Nov. 1, student volunteers from 21 RHS clubs and sports teams decorated classroom doors in a variety of themes and designs. They returned Saturday morning in costumes to man their doors and hand out candy to children with special needs.
“Many students with special needs do not get the opportunity to go trick or treating on Halloween because they may not be able to manage walking a long distance or just getting up the stairs to a front door,” said Joey Dunne, who was the student leader of the event along with Ian Petrat. “We were very pleased with the outcome and the turnout from last year, and we were very excited to do it again this year.”
Helping Hands is a club that provides mentorship for students with special needs. Petrat and Dunne were the leaders in securing involvement from the various RHS clubs and teams.
“The genesis of the event came last school year from Meghan Dunne, who graduated with the class of 2019,” said Brianne McBreen, RHS Transition Coordinator. “Meghan has a passion for volunteerism and a connection to the PG chambers school in Cedar Knolls.”
McBreen, along with Amy Eva ( Special Ed teacher), are the Helping Hands Club Advisors, and together they facilitated the event with the students.
Members of the RHS marching band and cheerleading squad also lined the halls, adding music and spirit to the morning.
“The band was playing, the football team was dancing, and smiles were from ear to ear as goody bags were handed out at the individual doorways,” said RHS Principal Debbie Iosso. “The continued quest of our student body to demonstrate kindness, and how much they care about our community, is so very impressive. Kudos to all who participated.”
Director of Special Services Walter Curioni, and Supervisor of Special Services Evy Falcón Durán participated as well. Curioni also worked closely with the students to advertise the event.
“The mantra of Randolph High School is ‘All In’,” said McBreen. “This event was a perfect example of students, staff, and administration working together for a common purpose.”