FDSH kids to haunt for a cause

Members of a Fort Dodge Senior High class are using their required civic action project to benefit the family of a Manson Northwest Webster student who was injured at the FDSH homecoming dance.

The Understanding Social Systems class is holding a Haunted Hallow from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday and donating proceeds from the $5 admission to the family of Lucas Fiala.

Fiala, 17, of Knierim, was stabbed at the dance, initially taken to Trinity Regional Medical Center and later airlifted to a hospital in Des Moines. Max Bly, 17, has been charged with willful injury.

The decision to donate money from the Haunted Hallow to Fiala’s family was an easy one, according to Bailey Wade and DaQuyla Altman, students in the class that’s taught by Todd Constable.

“He (Fiala) was injured at our homecoming dance,” Altman said. “The Haunted Hallow is a way our student body can rally behind him and his recovery.”

“Fort Dodge is a good school with good kids,” Wade said. “We want Lucas to know we care about him and his recovery.”

Donating the money to the Fiala family was entirely the students’ idea, Constable said.

“They want to do something to help him,” he said.

But it’s not just members of the Understanding Social Systems class who are pitching in.

Among those are some FDSH students who participate in the Silver Cord program – which recognizes students who earn a minimum of 100 volunteer hours by their senior year – who have chosen to participate in the Haunted Hallow project and apply their time toward the 100 hours.

“There are other kids who just want to help out because they see we’re helping someone. It’s a reflection of who our kids are, really,” he said.

“These kids are our future leaders, so it’s important for them to understand the need to help their community. The kids really came together around this project. It provided them a positive experience and an opportunity to make a difference,” Constable said.

The Haunted Hallow will feature various rooms, and there will be signs on the doors of those rooms to let visitors know what types of displays or skits will be inside.

“The kids come up with ideas, mostly from scary movies,” Constable said. “The kids are responsible for the event, for their room. They will be the chaperones who will take the people through. We will have adults here to supervise, but it’s the kids’ project. They have taken ownership and responsibility.”

It was the students, he said, who got together and determined that the Haunted Hallow would be appropriate for children who are in fourth grade and above.

While there will be a zombie apocalypse in the hallway, anyone venturing through the Haunted Hallow will have the opportunity to opt out of visiting any of the rooms that might be too scary, Constable said.

Those wanting to attend the Haunted Hallow should park in the east lot at FDSH and enter through the north doors.