11/14/2013 6:57:00 PM Hiawatha partners costumed fun and learning
Snow White, also known as kindergartener Nadya Valdez, colors a pumpkin during the event. Photo by Briana Alzola.
It was the time to put on costumes ranging from spooky to sweet and learn a thing or two at Hiawatha Elementary Oct. 29. The second annual Trick or Learn event invited students and parents for Halloween-themed fun at the school. The event started as Trick or Read, but the math committee joined with the reading committee to expand the event to include more activities, Melissa Martinez, with the reading committee, said. The kids were able to get their pictures taken in their costumes, too. They weren't allowed to wear them to school on Halloween, so they got into the spirit a couple days early. That way, they can show their costumes to all their classmates. What's more, the teachers can see all the kids in their costumes, which is always a fun thing, Martinez said. The kids moved through different classrooms. In each one, various activities were set up. Some involved making shapes and geometry. Others offered stories, word games and drawing a pumpkin. There were also some holiday-themed activities that just let the students do a little craft. In one room, the kids took Tootsie Pop suckers and put a tissue over them, fastening it and drawing on a face to create a ghost. This is a craft many committee members remember doing when they were younger, so it's fun to share with the kids now, Martinez said. The event drew in more kids and parents than last year and next year, they hope to expand on it even more. The first time they did the event, it was sort of thrown together last minute. This year, a lot of time and pre-planning went in and it showed, Martinez said. When they arrived, the kids received a little map of all the classrooms. As they visited each one, they received a signature over that classroom. When they got each room signed off, they made their way to the library. There, they got a prize. They drew a ticket to see which prize they would receive, which ranged from stickers to Halloween-themed books.