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Haunted House

November 5, 2011
By Tiffany Montano, Corps Member Proudly Serving at Sarah T. Reed High School
On Friday, October 28, students, staff, and City Year all came together to scare the wits out of each other for Sarah T. Reed’s first ever haunted house. It took place in a normally sized classroom but, with the help of vinyl make-shift walls hanging from the ceilings and incredibly student actors, the space seemed large and spooky!  The haunted house was designed to coincide with the school’s safe sex themed health fair.  The tagline for the health fair and haunted house was “Scared Safe.” 
City Year had significant time to put the haunted house together. During the days prior to the event students were testing for the Graduation Exit Exams (G.E.E.).  Those who were too young or did not need to take the test spent a long week sitting in classes that were forced to be put to a complete halt until all students could return to the normal curriculum.  Though one would think that the students would appreciate a full week of watching movies or completing minimal class work, it turned out the students couldn’t have been more bored. The haunted house brought a little life back to the school climate. 
The haunted house was so scary that we only allowed groups of six students to enter. The chaos of any greater a number would lead (and sometimes did lead) to destruction of the walls or decorations.  Several times, City Year had to stop allowing students in, in order to make the necessary repairs. 
As a visitor walked through the haunted house, they first came across a teen in agonizing labor, cursing her poor decisions.  The “poor decision” was left up to interpretation (e.g. having sex, not using a condom, etc).  Then the visitor came upon a doctor’s office with a blood-covered doctor and patient who would deliver the visitor’s venereal disease diagnosis.  As one turned the long, dark corner, they were startled by a smoking boy in a body bag who jolted to a seated position.  Around the bend a crazed prisoner hopped around his jail cell screaming to get out.  In the final area, the graveyard, a corpse crawled across the floor snatching at visitors’ feet.  Michael Meyers stood eerily in the corner by the exit.
Many students didn’t make it past the doctor’s office before turning around for the entrance.  Several students left their pride at the door and squeezed any hand they could get their hands on.  Standing outside of the haunted house, you could hear screams as the students went through.  Students piled out of the exit in their groups, practically shoving each other over to run for their own lives.
Most importantly, the haunted house was fun.  We broke away from the monotony of testing week and reminded not just our students, but also our staff, that this school is a place worth coming back to.    Michael Ho, a City Year corps member serving at Sarah T. Reed High School noted, “The haunted house saved the week.”
2 Comments leave one →
  1. November 6, 2011 12:30 pm

    This event was amazing. All students and staffs left the hunted house with big smiles! 😀 Yeah Reed!

  2. Valerie Montano permalink
    November 6, 2011 11:55 pm

    Great job, Tiff!

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