Good Neighbors

High School Students "Trunk or Treat" in Memory of Classmate

They're raising money for childhood cancer research, and providing Halloween fun for little ghouls and goblins!


Kids in a school district north of Pittsburgh are always looking for ways to give back to the community. Make-A-Wish and Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation are near and dear to their hearts because of classmates who have battled serious health challenges, including one classmate who lost his battle with cancer in 2016.

More than 2 dozen decorated trunks were open for treats!

This year North Hills High School students decided to raise money for those charities with a Trunk or Treat event and a Car Cruise. Dozens of volunteers decorated their cars and handed out candy to hundreds of costumed kids who came from all across the district.

Nothing like something creepy to put a little scare into getting a treat!

The event was organized by the Student Council and the Hands for Service Club. Student leader Adelle Loaney explained to Sparkt why they do it.

This year's event replaces the Monster Dash 5K that was held for the past three years in honor of North Hills student Jake Wudarczyk, who died at 16 following a 20-month battle with brain cancer. Jake was a Make-A-Wish recipient and was able to attend the inaugural Monster Dash two months before his death. My son JT Mazula was Jake's friend and enjoyed running in those races and honoring his memory, just like the students who organized this year's event.

Students organized games and other activities for the kids.

You can join the students in supporting Make-A-Wish (click here) and Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation (click here). And if students are doing something to make a difference in your community, we'd love to hear about it! Click here to e-mail us about it, or click here to sign up at Sparkt and post your own story like this one!

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