Dr. Courtney Orzel, Superintendent

Haunted Central delivered on its promise with over 300 volunteers and 2,500 attendees. The event was the idea of the District 113A Board of Education who wanted to create a way to bring organizations together and give back to the community.  “Central School holds a special place in the hearts of many people within the community, and the Board of Education wanted to open Central to not only give people an opportunity to see the school, but also bring the community together,” said D113A superintendent, Dr. Courtney Orzel.  “It was a true team effort.”

A variety of community groups came together to support the event including District 113A Board of Education, Staff, PTO and Educational Foundation, Lemont High School, Village of Lemont, Lemont Fire Department, Lemont Police Department, Homer Glen-Lemont Rotary, Lions Club, and Hope and Friendship among several other organizations. Educational Foundation President, Shelley Taylor commented, “Seeing the community come together to make Haunted Central a success was truly inspiring. Knowing the money raised will benefit the education and welfare of our community's children makes us proud to be a part of such a fun family event."

Over 2,500 attendees flooded the halls of Haunted Central over the two day period to raise over $15,000 in proceeds.  Principal Debby Lynch reported, “Seeing all the families come through the line was amazing. This was a wonderful activity for all. When I came back to school Monday, all the students were talking about it.”

“Words cannot express the gratitude that I have for the time, effort, heart and spirit that was poured into the formation, creativity and facilitation of Haunted Central,” stated Terri ONeill-Borders from Hope and Friendship Foundation.  Assistant Superintendent Gricus mentioned, “Haunted Central was a great example of how District 113A and the community work together for the benefit of children.  Whether volunteering or visiting the haunted rooms with family, I believe that EVERY adult enjoyed the excitement on the faces of the kids!”

Michelle Nevin, a District 113A teacher who organized several rooms and assisted with set up of the haunted house, stated, “Haunted Central was a huge success because of the collaborative energies of many people.  The efforts benefit two great organizations so the work was worth it.”

Plans are already underway for next year’s event.  District 113A School Board President Cindy Kelly stated, “I can't believe what a wonderful turnout we had this year, and we can't wait until next year to see if we can build on our success. Some creative minds have already started to plan for next year.  I have a feeling we will be adding classrooms to our haunted tour."

Thank you to our entire community for your support!

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