Bearcat Sugar Rush sure to get kids revved up for Halloween


GRAFTON—Grafton High School will be welcoming ghosts, ghouls, goblins and witches to the school to offer them some sweet treats during their second annual Bearcat Sugar Rush.

The event is sure to bring in another crowd as the school opens their doors on Wednesday, October 30 for the annual event. The sugar rush is an indoor trick-or-treating experiences for children, allowing them a safe place to gather treats, out of the elements.

“The theater club students wanted a family friendly way to give back to the community, and this is what they came up with,” shared Theater Director, Teresa Dalton.

During the event, children ages 12 and younger are welcomed to take part in trick-or-treat, meet the Bearcat and vote on the best decorated table. They will also have the opportunity to learn about various opportunities offered at GHS.

Through sponsorship through various clubs and organizations at GHS, the Bearcat Sugar Rush, the brainchild of the Grafton High School Theater Club, saw success in its first year, and organizers hope to see the same success or better this Halloween eve.

“It was great to see such a wide variety of children of all ages dressed up and coming to one safe place to enjoy the Halloween holiday and connect with GHS Bearcat organizations, clubs and sports,” expressed GHS Counselor, Taylor Wyatt.

Student Jocelyn Countryman noted that they had to run out three separate times to buy more candy because of the attendance at last year’s event.

“I think it was cool to see so many people there that came out for one night together,” she commented.

Principal Lori Shumaker applauded the efforts of the theater club saying, “The overwhelming turnout for the first annual Bearcat Sugar Rush was a complement to the excellent planning and advertising from the theater club. It was so wonderful to see so many students at Grafton High School.”

The event has been organized by GHS Theater Club philanthropist, Fletcher Newell, and theater club publicist, Rachel Rock, has been hard at work promoting the event. Cassandra Everly, GHS student, is credited with design of the logo for the sugar rush.

Many students have already been busy preparing decorations for their tables and treats to hand out to the children,” Dalton noted.

Not only is it a night of fun for the little ones, but it is a wonderful way for them to experience GHS outside of athletics.

“I think it is important for future Bearcats to see that Grafton High School is more than academics and athletics,” said Faculty member Amy Bord. “We have opportunities for students to pursue a variety of interests and skills.”

Jacinda Devart said the program is a great idea because it gives the kids in attendance positive role models to model themselves after.

“They can look up to us,” she said. “We want to leave a good impression on them.”

So, mark your calendars and get ready for some wholesome family fun, as Grafton High School Bearcats get ready to serve up sweet treats this Halloween eve at the Second Annual Bearcat Sugar Rush.

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