Staff members at the Times Record News, the Scripps newspaper in Wichita Falls, Texas, welcomed 120 boisterous spirits into the building Wednesday to celebrate Halloween. Kindergarten and first grade students from local public school Washington Jackson Elementary were invited to tour the Times Record News as part of the newspaper’s third-annual Trick-or-Treat.
Pint-sized pirates, ninjas, ballerinas and other costumed characters followed their teachers (dressed as Dalmatians) through the departmental maze. First through Circulation, where they wove through cobwebs and dodged a real werewolf! Then through Editorial, where they were greeted by blowup Halloween figures, and to their teachers’ surprise, Cruella de Vil. They braved the spooky IT haunted house, and were taught “Five Little Pumpkins” by members of the Advertising department. They finished their tour through the Classified department, which was themed like the board game favorite, Candy Land.
With candy stations at every stop, each child went home with a bag full of goodies and unforgettable memories.
For over 15 years, the Times Record News and Washington Jackson Elementary have been paired as partners in the Partners for Education (PIE) program. The PIE program aims to enhance students’ educational experience by pairing schools with businesses that can help enrich their lives through donated skills and resources. Over the years the Times Record News has supplied volunteers, book donations, paper for crafts – and has even helped substitute classes on Teacher’s Day.
*Photos taken by Torin Halsey, chief photographer