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Delta High School and the community have a lot in common: The celebration of Fall and Halloween.

More than 200 students, teachers and staff shined recently as they temporarily transformed the campus on Bethany Lane into a place where the imagination and school spirit prevailed.

There were decorated Jack O' Lanterns, a costume walkabout and more than 100 students received free pumpkins to take home.

English teacher Glynda Maddaleno said it was terrific to experience the community supporting student activities.
"With the economy the way it is, most families aren’t able to provide the little things, like pumpkins at Halloween, that they wish they could for their kids,'' said Maddaleno, adding the pumpkins were donated by community member Jeff Sharer.

Principal Esther Prieto-Chavez said the students and staff put in a lot of hard work but the payoff was well worth it. "Our campus looked very festive and there were plenty of smiles and school pride to prove it,'' Prieto-Chavez said.

Prieto-Chavez dressed as a soccer player while Maddaleno portrayed the Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland.

Eleventh grader Eddie Zores is not likely to forget the celebration. "It was fun to get to dress up with my teachers,'' Zores said.”People I didn’t even know wanted to take pictures with me. I felt appreciated. It was cool.”

Santa Maria Joint Union High School District Superintendent Dr. Mark Richardson applauded the entire school's "initiative" and "creativity".

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