Scares for Cares
Local venue Glenn Wallichs Theatre transformed into a haunted house Halloween weekend to raise money for a class about kindness.
“Scares for Cares” was a fundraiser for the First Year Seminar “Random Acts of Kindness” class which explores situations where people go out of their way to help others.
It all clicked for class instructor Dan Cork when a stranger opened the door for him at a local 7-11 store.
“A random act of kindness,” he said. “One that we see every day and take for granted. I hear comments about how bad our society currently is, but I beg to differ.
Cork, who is also technical director for the theater, originally thought to have a talent show. But students had a different idea.
“With the holiday coming up, we thought it was better suited,” said student Danielle Cook of the student-conceived haunted house.
Student Emily Cole said she and her classmates decided together to create and donate 150 earthquake kits to be delivered to senior citizens in the San Bernardino area. The kits include water, a blanket, a whistle, dry food, rubber gloves, a waterproof bag and other items essential to survive three days. The students will assemble the kids during their last week of class.
The class fulfills the Community Service requirement for graduation. Many students, however, have been actively involved in helping the community since high school. Student Ian Dougles has cooked for the homeless in Hawaii and student Hannah Ashton volunteered at her church.
“I want to be able to help others who may be less fortunate than I am,” said Ashton, who plans to major in communicative disorders with an emphasis in mental disabilities.
Dougles agreed. “It’s all about reaching out to others, plus it’s a fundraiser,” he said. “Dan (Cork) really keeps us motivated.”
Students consider the haunted house a success, but may still need to hold more fundraisers to reach their goals.
The class remains optimistic.
“We have great ideas and a class that is willing to try it all. I have no doubt we will reach our goal,” Ashton said.