, Salem, MA

November 20, 2012

Letter: Thanks from the Phoenix School

The Salem News

---- — To the editor:

The third-through-eighth-graders at The Phoenix School hosted their annual Haunted Happening celebration for all kids in Salem to come and celebrate Halloween. This is one of the big community service projects that The Phoenix School does for the city of Salem. We have a costume parade, a public party for all kids ages 3 through 12 and a party for some of the nursery schools in Salem.

On Saturday, Oct. 20, little kids gathered at Salem Common and waited for the costume parade to start. Led by Officer O’Donnell, kids paraded through the streets of Salem in costumes galore. It was fun to see all of the great costumes.

When they finally arrived at the judging table, a surprise awaited them: three judges, volunteers Malia Griffin, Erin Griffin and Ellen Dunn, dressed in curled, powdered wigs with long, flowing robes. Groups of six kids at a time followed a Phoenix student to the judging stand to be judged. At the end, a few lucky kids with the best costumes won prizes for their costumes.

Following the parade, kids gathered at The Phoenix School to play some of the fun games that the Phoenix students made. The games were really mini-golf greens loaned by the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless. The older kids had to do a lot of math, measuring, drawing and building to make motorized, moving obstacles and stationary obstacles for those mini-golf games.

On behalf of The Phoenix School, thank you so much to all of our sponsors this year: Mary Ann Lyons, Salem; Quadrant Health Strategies, Beverly; Clarke Brothers, Salem; EMR Drywall, Salem; NAPA Auto Parts, Salem; Kensington-Stobart Gallery, Salem; Sharon Foods, Boston; Salem Renewal, Salem; Salem Inn Salem; Second Life Exhibits, Lynn; Georgia’s Pizza, Salem; Viktoria Talebian, DMD, Salem; Four Seasons Sunroom, Beverly; and Minit-Print Inc., Salem. The Phoenix School loves contributing to Salem’s Haunted Happening by creating a nonscary party for the kids of Salem.

Jonathan Chefitz

Grade eight

The Phoenix School