By Ray Hamill — Distance learning won’t prevent the Eureka Loggers from celebrating Halloween with the local community this year, with the student athletes taking a novel approach to the holiday in the midst of COVID-19 restrictions.
On the evening of Saturday October 31st, the Loggers will hand out treats to young trick or treaters in a safe an social distanced environment outside the high school gymnasium.
And they fully intend to make the most of the occasion, dressing up in halloween versions of their sports uniforms, while handing out the treats through PVC pipes from the top of ladders that will keep them socially distanced.
The school’s Student Athlete Advisory Council — which is made up of one athlete from each varsity team and has continued to meet online twice a month despite the distance learning — came up with the idea as a way to give back to the community in the midst of the pandemic.
“They just felt they needed to do something showing they’re still involved in the community,” Eureka Athletics Director Kristie Christensen said.
The event will run from 5 to 8 p.m., with masks required and four or five separate groups of student athletes handing out the treats to keep things moving smoothly.
The Loggers have even turned it into a competition of sorts, with each group decorating their ladders for the occasion.
The event will be funded with donations from local businesses and families.
“I’m just super proud of these kids,” Christensen said. “It’s just another testament to how they are being resilient through all of this.”