A Halloween Tradition

Jamie Heap
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Leisure services, high school team up for Much Music Dance

Springhill Leisure Services director Pam Adams (left) and Dr. Carson and Marion Murray Teen Centre coordinator Heather Laurie (right) look through Halloween dance permission forms that must be verified before Springhill students will be allowed entry into the 18th annual Much Music Dance that runs from 7:00 pm until 1:00 am this Thursday inside the Dr. Carson and Marion Murray Community Centre's Common Room.Prizes will be drawn for.

SPRINGHILL-For the better part of two decades, Springhill Leisure Services and Springhill Junior/Senior High School have teamed up to provide Springhill teens with an entertaining alternative to trick or treating that does not involve crime.

“There used to be some mayhem and vandalism on the streets back when Grace MacLeod used to work with Leisure Services,” stated Springhill Leisure Services director Pam Adams. “We originally held the dance at the armouries, but when they built the (Dr. Carson and Marion Murray) Community Centre, we started holding it here,” she added in reference to the 18th annual Much Music Halloween Dance. “It ran all night the first two years before it was cut back to 1:00 am.”

The Much Music Dance, which runs from 7:00 pm until 1:00 am this Thursday, October 31 in the community centre’s common room, is open to all Springhill students in grades 7 through 12 that a) attend Springhill Junior/Senior High School or b) attend another school in Cumberland County (such as ARHS or OREC).

The doors to the dance, which costs $7.00 per person, opens at 6:30 pm. “We put all the safety mechanisms in place,” stated Adams. “We’ve had the same rules since the beginning,” she added. “Students need to return permission forms (which will be verified by Springhill Leisure Services)-late forms require preapproval.”

“This dance is supported one-hundred percent by Springhill businesses and fundraising done here,” said Adams. “The dance costs us $1,648.00, plus prizes,” added Dr. Carson and Marion Murray Teen Centre coordinator Heather Laurie. “It’s an expensive event, but, it’s an event that we enjoy doing,” added Laurie.

“We’re giving away some amazing prizes,” said Adams. “Prizes include $100.00 cash prizes every hour, two I-Pods, a flat screen (TV) and 22 tickets to the ‘We Day’ on Nov. 27 at the Halifax Metro Centre; you can’t buy these tickets,” stated Adams with regards to the first ever event held in Atlantic Canada that features such speakers and performers as Martin Sheen, Hedley, Michalle Jean, Shawn Desman, event founders Craig and Marc Kielburger, Tyler Shaw, Cardinal Offishall, Classified, the Kenyan Boys Choir, Martin Luthor King III, Hannah Alper, Molly Burke, Robin Wiszowaty, Spencer West, Chris Tse and Vishal Vijay.

“It’s all about the kids and them having a good time on Halloween,” stated Adams.

Organizations: Springhill Leisure Services, Halifax Metro Centre, Kenyan Boys Choir

Geographic location: Cumberland County, Atlantic Canada

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