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Gilpin County School’s Halloween Carnival and Trick or Treat Street

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Silent auction raises $2,376

by Patty Unruh

It was a frightfully good time at the yearly Halloween Carnival and Trick or Treat Street held on Friday, November 2 at Gilpin County School. The Parent Teacher Association at Gilpin County hosted the carnival to raise money to support the teachers with their classroom needs. PTA officers Mary Perkins and Angela Webb supplied the vital stats about this year’s haunted happening.

Guys and ghouls enjoyed 12 games, a bounce house, the infamous haunted house, the jail, and a giant slide. New this year was a “Littles Room,” with games, arts and crafts, and a little kid bounce house, the PTA reported.

The elementary classes held a competition to collect candy for the trick-or-treating. 610 pounds were donated and dispensed to eager children by local volunteers. Contest winners were: first place, Ms. Haley’s class; second place, Ms. Nelson’s class; third place, Ms. Morris’ class.

Participants brought in 250 pounds of food for the Gilpin County Food Bank.

The pumpkin carving contest was won by Tori Turner with her Day of the Dead pumpkin. The costume contest was won by Oliver Hardy with his Cat Astronaut costume.

The silent auction generated $2,376 for the teachers’ wish list fund and included 50 donors and fabulous finds. The PTA wishes to thank the following donors for contributing:

Manley’s BBQ, Monarch Casino, Lodge Casino, SeaGirl Pearl’s, J&K BBQ, Smoke Inhalation BBQ, Four Points Acupuncture, In His Image Embroidery, Rollinsville Auto, Kysar’s Place, Mtn. Paws & Claws, Holistic Homestead, Puppy Love Grooming, Gilpin Rec Center, Taggert’s, Buffawhale, Sparkle & Stone, Underground Liquors, Make You Famous Tattoo, Healing Star, Alternative Sun, Elflocks Hair Salon, Last Shot, Pie in the Sky, Weekly Register-Call, The Mountain Ear, Kellie Bayne, Kayla Carlson Photography, Kevin’s Art in Aspen, Vasayo Supplements, Red Dolly, High Timber Firewood, Z Casinos, Sechler Studios, Ace Hardware, New Moon Bakery, Brightwood Music, Backcountry Pizza, Branding Iron, A Basin Ski Area, Loveland Ski Area, Eldora Ski Area, Granby Ranch Ski Area, Denver Zoo, Museum of Nature and Science, Bandimere Speedway, King Soopers, Home Depot, Village Gourmet, and Get Moving Chiropractic.

The PTA is an active group of parents dedicated to supporting the education of students in the RE-1 School District and the teachers with their classroom needs. The PTA holds multiple events throughout the year to raise money to provide items for the classrooms, special events for students, and breakfast for all student testing days.

Each year the PTA hosts events to help raise money, including the Halloween Festival, two annual Scholastic Book Fairs that offer families access to hundreds of books, activity sets, and toys, and a Holiday Gift Store where children can purchase inexpensive gifts for their family and friends.

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