In late October, Roxboro Community School (RCS) had a successful revival of its Haunted School.
Valerie Smith, RCS band director said she was excited about bringing back the Haunted School fundraiser for the first time since COVID-19 restrictions it in 2020 and 2021.
The jazz band was successful in raising money, finding actors, and giving everyone who attended a fun Halloween experience, she said.
The Haunted School raised about $2,300 that will help the jazz band purchase tools needed for attending and performing at the Carowinds Music Festival on Saturday, April 1, 2023. Smith said, “The money raised will help purchase music for this event and other expenses.”
Despite the main goal of the Haunted School fundraiser being to raise money for the jazz band, Smith said that the community also really enjoyed the event and promoted the hard work of the jazz students.
It was difficult and stressful to set up the Haunted School since the students only had a few hours to decorate the building. Since Smith was not here in 2019, this is her first time managing the Haunted School. “We only had three or four students who were even here during the last Haunted School because it had been three years ago,” she said. “Band alumni came back and helped and we had some other volunteers that stayed and helped set up.”
She continued, “It is hard to believe at this point last year, we were still wearing masks daily to school.” She also said that finding volunteer actors was successful, fun, and the actors took the roles seriously.
Smith said, “I am excited to be able to do Haunted School again in 2023 and I hope we can make it even better than this year.”
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