Trick-or-Treat So Others Can Eat on tap

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

On Oct. 27, Cassville residents can expect their doorbells to ring, as a few masked visitors will be showing up to trick-or-treat, but not for candy.

Students from Cassville, disguised in costume, will be collecting non-perishable food items for the local food pantry from 3:30-6 p.m. within the city limits of Cassville. The trick-or-treaters will also be paying a visit to residents in the Southern Hills and Sherwood Forest areas.

The event is being sponsored by Cassville members of Future Business Leaders of America, Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, Future Teachers of America and FFA.

"Our high school and middle school students dress up in Halloween costumes and go out and collect the food items," said Samantha Cosper, Cassville High School family and consumer sciences teacher. "They trick-or-treat door-to-door just as they did as a child, except this time, it's for food items."

Cosper said the event is not only good for the community because it provides food for needy families, but good for the students who help carry it out, too.

"It is always a great experience for our students to travel to the different areas of town and to have to communicate with the public about what they are doing and why they are doing it," she said. "The response is always very positive, and they come back with great stories and experiences. To be honest, our high school students really enjoy having a reason to dress up for Halloween.

"All of the food collected stays local. We transport it to the Cassville Food Pantry at the United Methodist Church. Our students really like the fact that their efforts benefit residents locally."

This is the fourth year the trick-or-treat-themed event has been conducted.

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