Children Receive Treats Rather than Sweets

Jenna Tupitza, "The Trojan Voice" Editor-in-chief, Staff Writer, Photographer, Layout Designer

Tiny ghosts and goblins traveled through the halls of McDowell High School at the second annual Trail for a Cause hosted by the National Honors Society (NHS) on Oct. 13. 

This event was designed in the spirit of the Teal Pumpkin Project, which was started by the Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE) Foundation. The FARE Foundation educates adults about common food allergies found in candy and encourages those who hand out candy to give trick-or-treaters some trinkets and toys as an alternative to treats filled with nuts,milk products, gluten or dyes. 

This year the event was planned by student members of NHS students including JR Dandrea, Nina DiPlacido, Jennifer Wang and Ava Voelker under the supervision and guidance of NHS adviser, Katheryn Schrier. The group invited clubs and organizations throughout McDowell to set up about 28 stations creating a trail of fun kids and their parents could travel throughout McDowell High School.

“We’re giving kids with food allergies an opportunity to trick or treat and have fun,” Dandrea said.

Trail for a Cause raised $1,173.23 for Spirit of Children, an organization that helps “to make hospitals less scary for kids and their families” through donations “for art, music, aquatic and pet therapy programs as well as the purchase of educational items and toys.”  

Isabelle Southard