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Community School Trunk-or-Treat a success!

Community School Trunk-or-Treat a success!

CALDWELL — Colorful costumes, ‘fun runs’ and lots of healthy treats highlighted Sacajawea Elementary School’s first ever Trunk-or-Treat on Saturday, Oct. 28.

More than 300 children and their parents attended the event, held on the Sacajawea school campus. The goal was to provide a safe, healthy way for local children to enjoy Halloween, bringing together kids, families, neighbors and community organizations, said Hortensia Hernandez, United Way’s Community School Coordinator at Sacajawea.

Among the community partners, St. Luke’s Health System handed out 350 First Aid kits, and Southwest District Health gave about 40 flu shots to kids and adults; children received flu shots for free.

“I couldn’t believe the lines and the numbers of parents and grandparents getting shots along with their kiddos,” said Nora Carpenter, president and CEO of United Way of Treasure Valley, which is the lead funder of the Sacajawea Community School Project with support of Trinity Health’s Transforming Communities Initiative.

Winter coats were also distributed to children and families in need. Delta Dental of Idaho gave out hundreds of free toothbrushes to kids while also showing parents of newborns how to use baby finger brushes to clean gums.

Age group winners from the ‘fun runs’ received free bikes and scooters. Sacajawea Elementary School Principal Paul Webster ran every race, supporting each child along the way.

One father of a Sacajawea student was particularly grateful for the event being held on a Saturday.  

“I work full time, and even though I really want to go to my kids’ activities, I just can’t make it during the week. Things like this help me stay connected to my children,” he said.

The University of Idaho Extension hosted a healthy, build-your-own-trail-mix trunk. Kids took home more than 300 bags filled with nutritious snacks.

Children’s books were also given away for free, and there were even some classic cars decorated with spooky pumpkins and cobwebs, much to the delight of the kids.

The Trunk-or-Treat event was part of United Way’s Community School Project at Sacajawea. As a Community School, Sacajawea Elementary is committed to supporting children and families in and out of school by offering a range of additional supports and opportunities at the school through community partnerships. Community partners and the school collaborate to remove barriers to health, education and financial stability.

“Sacajawea Community School’s Truck-or-Treat was a smashing success,” said Carpenter, a Caldwell native. “This is what a Community School is all about, bringing resources together to serve children, families and neighborhoods and removing barriers to healthy lives.”

Special thank you to the Trunk-or-Treat Community School partners

  • Boise State University
  • Caldwell Lions Club
  • Caldwell School District
  • Canyon Hill Nazarene Church
  • City of Caldwell
  • Delta Dental of Idaho
  • First Assembly Church
  • Idaho Central Credit Union
  • Idaho Sheriffs
  • Sacajawea Elementary School
  • St. Luke’s Health System
  • Treasure Valley YMCA
  • Trinity Health/Saint Alphonsus
  • United Way of Treasure Valley
  • University of Idaho Extension