Equipped with their capes and costumes, the Littlest Cowboys ventured into CCHS to gather treats for Halloween.
“We got candy… from all around the school,” Little Cowboy Mackenzie said. “I got a candy bar, Snickers and Reese’s Pieces…”
This field trip was a fun way for the children to experience Halloween early. As the little ones trekked through the cafeteria and front offices, their excitement grew with their candy collections.
“The storybook parade is a lot of fun for the kids,” senior Kitana Rojas said. “They get to walk around the school campus with their family and their classmates instead of being in the classroom that they stay in all day.”
Spending time outside of their classroom environment gave the kids both a fun activity and an opportunity to build friendships.
“It was just a bonding moment,” senior Natalia Bilynsky said. “Not only for the parents and the kids, but for the kids with [each other], because they got to do it together.”
The Littlest Cowboys were not only accompanied by CCHS students and staff but also their parents were invited to join them on their journey.
“It’s nice for the parents to be a part of it, to see their kids really appreciated, not some separate entity really off on the side,” mother and CCHS teacher Melinda Holding said. “But to see them really appreciated and enjoyed by the other adults down there, it was really nice.”
The Littlest Cowboys don’t often get to see the big high school right outside their door; many agreed that this was an opportunity for them to become an even bigger part of the CCHS community.
“Just seeing them walk around to all the administrative offices and say ‘trick or treat’ and get candy… and seeing the smiles on their faces… that really touched me,” Holding said. “Just to see them happy, [when] they didn’t even go to the whole school… I know my son was super happy to see just inside the administrative hallway.”
The mini-field trip was an overall success, allowing the little ones to start Halloween off right while developing on the tight-knit community of the Littlest Cowboys program.
“They could see that they were all similar,” Bilynsky said. “They could just enjoy getting candy and having fun with one another.”
Photo by Casey Chapter