“Fangs” for the Memories

Captain Jack Sparrow made an appearance at Valley Hi to surprise the visitors.

Gracie Miroballi, Crown Writer and Photographer

As the leaves change color and the air gets cooler, it is evident that the fall season is just around the corner. With fall comes many exciting events, perhaps most notably Halloween. On October 26th, while most Marian students were preparing for Halloween festivities, four sophomore Key Club members spent their Saturday volunteering at Valley Hi Nursing Home. For Paris Marshall (10) and Abi Reiche (10), the day consisted of working different games and rewarding the visiting children with candy. Everyone was dressed in costume, and even Captain Jack Sparrow made an appearance.

Paris Marshall was just one of the four key club members who attended the event. Her job was to help run games with the enthusiastic kids “It went extremely well,” shares Marshall. “There were a lot of kids who showed up in costumes, and they seemed to have a lot of fun playing and participating in all the activities.” One of those activities was the pumpkin bag toss. The object of the game was to get a baggie into the pumpkin’s mouth. Paris also joined the Halloween fun by dressing up as a hippy. “My favorite part was getting to work with the little kids and seeing each of their costumes,” explains Marshall. She was also so happy to return to Valley Hi after volunteering at last year’s Halloween Party. Overall, Marshall enjoyed her time at Valley Hi and loved seeing all the children, parents, and residents participate in the fun. 

Abi Reiche worked alongside with Marshall. She was in charge of a game called Witch Hat. The object was to throw and land rings into a hat to win a prize. “It was so rewarding to see all the kids having fun. I also loved that everyone dressed up,” explains Reiche. This is Reiche’s first year in Key Club and her first event that she volunteered at. She enjoyed spending time interacting with the residents and children of Valley Hi and is happy that the party turned out to be a huge success. 

Whether it was running games, passing out candy, or just having a good conversation with the residents, everyone had an amazing time. These Key Club members made lasting memories and are excited to share all the details about the party with the rest of Key Club. Marian is extremely grateful to be able to work with Valley Hi Nursing home and their wonderful staff. This is a great reminder to all students the benefits of volunteering and helping out the local community.