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5dc861fde1b84 Clean-Up Captains: Kalen Townsend, Anna Carter, General Colton Ketterl, Erin May, and Bryson Metcalf. DCHS teachers select five seniors to lead the annual clean-up. From those five, students in grades 7-12 select the general.
Clean-Up Captains: Kalen Townsend, Anna Carter, General Colton Ketterl, Erin May, and Bryson Metcalf. DCHS teachers select five seniors to lead the annual clean-up. From those five, students in grades 7-12 select the general.

USD 294 holds its 95th Annual Halloween Clean-Up

DCHS Journalism

By Anna Carter

November 10, 2019

Halloween Clean-Up is a time-honored tradition at Decatur Community High School. This year marked the 95th annual Halloween Clean-up.

Students from grades 5-12 gathered at the grade school at 5:00 on Tuesday, Nov. 5 to kick off Halloween Clean-Up. The clean-up ended at 7:00 at the high school with hot dogs and apples served by the Lions Club and provided by the City of Oberlin. Cleanup was supposed to be on Wednesday, Oct. 30, but was postponed due to weather and a broken-down truck. 

The Halloween Clean-up General was Colton Ketterl. The captains were Anna Carter, Erin May, Bryson Metcalf and Kalen Townsend. Each captain was in charge of a specific group: seniors with 8th graders, juniors with 7th graders, sophomores with 6th graders, and freshmen with 5th graders.

One hundred twenty students from grades 5-12 attended. The eighth graders had 100 percent participation for the second year in a row.

Captain Erin May said, “I think it is a great tradition with volunteer service that benefits the community.”


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General Colton and the captains explaIn the Halloween Clean-Up tradition to the fifth and sixth graders.

Helping the classes were Kyle Breth, Tim Breth, Mark Bricker, Tanner Jackson, Jason Ketterl, Trevor Williams, Roger May, and Monte Moore.

“I think it’s a good way to help our town and the people that don't have time to rake their yards," said sixth-grader Myleigh Hayes. "It shows that we care about our town and we keep it nice.” There were 28 total yards raked. 

“I thought there was a good turnout," said General Colton Ketterl. "It’s a great way to give back to the community. I loved seeing so many kids show up to help out.” 

Twenty 5th graders enjoyed their first Halloween Clean-Up. "It was a lot of fun," said Cowen Anderson. "I want to do it next year too."

"I liked it a lot," said Skylar Hawkins, "and I think it's one of the funnest things we do in our school district."

"On behalf of the high school, we would like to thank the City of Oberlin, Lions Club members Jack Benton, Frank Black, Gaylen Huntley, and Brad Marcuson, as well as Jay Ketterl, Roger May, and Monte Moore for the use of their trucks," said Principal Brenda Breth.

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