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Safe Halloween helps send students to science camp
These St. Anthony of Padua School students are ready for Fridays Safe Halloween extravaganza. Clockwise from left, back row: Isabella Pires, Taylor Barnes, Jaycee Rieb, Michael Pires, Emily Pires, and Dominik Urteaga. - photo by ROSE ALBANO RISSO

Have a safe Halloween at St. Anthony of Padua School. Send a child to science camp next year.

Proceeds from the sixth annual fun event Friday, taking place from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the school gymnasium, will be used to send next year’s sixth graders to Camp Jones Gulch near La Honda in the Santa Cruz Mountains for their outdoor education experience, formerly called science camp. The fund-raiser is conducted by the fifth graders, with the help of their parents, so that they can go to the educational field trip next year.

Admission to the Safe Halloween extravaganza is free. However, tickets at 25 cents apiece will be sold to those who want to take part in the games or in activities such as face painting and pumpkin decorating. The tickets may be used to purchase food that will be available for sale as well.

One does not have to be a student of St. Anthony’s to join in the fun. It is open to the public.

This is the first of four fund-raisers that the parents of the fifth graders are planning to hold for science camp. A catalog sale for Christmas gifts is planned for December. In the spring, they plan to sponsor a drive-thru dinner at Fagundes Meats and Catering.

The science camp fund-raising goal is $5,000. It costs $300 to send each child to camp, according to Angela Barnes, one of four parents who are spearheading the series of fund-raising events. The other three are Kristin Huarte, Cheryl Pires, and Teresa Rieb.

Anybody who can’t make it to the Safe Halloween or to any of the planned fund-raisers but would like to help sponsor a child to science camp can also make a donation.