by Alicia Scipioni
CLARK — Valley Road School PTA held their annual “Legends of the Courtyard” for the school’s fourth and fifth grade students. The students were prepared to be scared as they entered the school with their flashlights and blankets ready to listen to stories of real-life hauntings.
Some of the stories that were told by teachers Mrs. Peitz, Ms. Stafford and parent volunteer Mr. Cahill focused on hauntings at our nation’s White House, a story about an old haunted farmhouse located by a cemetery in the South and stories of hauntings from Clark’s very own Robinson Plantation located on Madison Hill Road.
As if that wasn’t scary enough, the students were also surprised to see Principal Joseph Beltramba as well as faculty members Mr. Lowe and Mr. Caragher in their spookiest costumes; as the students walked the halls of the school.
The night was a huge success thanks to the Reading Committee made up of PTA parents Steven Donkersloot and Christine Patterson as well as the parent volunteers who helped organize the night’s events. The school’s PTA led by President Bria Walsh, was also very thankful for Shop Rite of Clark’s donation of tasty apple cider donuts, Vaccaro’s Bakery donation of delicious cookies and ACE Hardware of Clark’s donation of decorations.
Alicia Scipioni is the Valley Road School PTA Publicist & Historian.
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