Palatine's Winston Campus Elementary has done a "spooktacular" job of embracing the Halloween spirit while serving others.
The school's Make a Difference Club members want to make a difference in their school and community as well as nationally.
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First, the school hosted a Halloween Costume Drive to help out families within Winston Campus Elementary who may not have had the resources to purchase costumes. The fourth- and fifth-grade club members collected costumes from Oct. 1 through Oct. 23. The costumes were then sorted by size and were made available on Halloween to students who may have forgotten or didn't own a costume to wear to the school's Halloween festivities.
This drive not only met the needs of the students in the building, but also supported the community. After the classroom parties on Halloween, the leftover costumes were taken to the local Goodwill store.
The students' commitment to serve others through their collection efforts coincided with National Make a Difference Day, which was Oct. 26.
WCE's Make a Difference Club also has plans to positively affect soldiers by collecting leftover Halloween candies from families at Winston Campus Elementary and donating it to those serving our country.
Th club collected the sweets and gave it to a local women's group, who will distribute it to the troops.
Additional upcoming activities for the WCE Make a Difference Club include sorting the lost and found box each month and donating any unclaimed items to a local resale store, along with running the Got2Run for Education race in the spring.
Some of the members of the club will also be serving as "Respectables" -- taking on a leadership role within the building to further support the school's new Expect Respect initiative.
The Respectables will be responsible for being good role models inside and outside the school. They will also train new students on how to foster respectable behavior at WCE and how to respond appropriately to disrespectable behavior.