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Annual clean-up continues

DCHS Journalism

Chloe Withington

November 02, 2017

The 93rd annual Halloween Clean-Up was October 30. The yearly event is a community service tradition for fifth grade through twelfth grade students.

Each class is paired with another class; fifth grade, for example, is paired with the freshmen, sixth grade is paired with sophomores, and so on.  The students drive around in farm trucks, stopping at various lawns to rake leaves.  After the clean-up, students are treated to hotdogs and apples, served by the Lions Club.

This year Principal Jimenez said 15 people called in prior to the clean-up to request students rake their yard.  This is the most Mr. Jimenez has had call in since he’s been principal – seven years.  “Usually, we have to search for lawns to rake.”

Mr. Jimenez also said that the school received an anonymous call who just wanted to thank the students for the work they did.

How would students improve the event?  Some suggestions were to make a class competition out of it, get out of school for a bit while it’s still warm, make it more exciting – like a race to see which group can get the biggest pile of leaves, find a way to get more people there, move it later in the year so there are more leaves to rake, make the seniors work more, bring rakes, and serve hamburgers at the end-rather than hotdogs.

Teachers chose five seniors to lead the clean-up: Kole Breth, Kel Grafel, Zeke Jimenez, Brittney Wesley and AJ Zillinger. From those five, the student body chose Brittney as this year’s General. As General, Brittney drove the administrators around to check on the students.  The captains with two adult sponsors supervised each group.

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Winner of the DCHS Halloween costume contest was Lacey Quintana (second from the left).
Stacia Russ (second from right) won second place in the costume contest.
Nathan Cartmell was the third.

“I like Halloween Clean-Up,” said Zeke. “It’s a good way for the whole school to do something for the community.”


Three seniors have never missed a clean-up:  Kole Breth, Kel Grafel, and Emily Howland. Since the fifth grade, they have participated in eight total clean-ups.

“It's a good way for students to give back to the community,” said Emily.

Annual clean-up continues

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