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 Halloween Spirit Takes Hold at Monarch School

Monarch School students with Halloween costumesChoosing a Halloween costume is an annual ritual for most American children, and the leaders at SDCOE’s Monarch School make sure their students don’t miss out.

More than 200 children shopped on Monday to prep for Halloween festivities and trick-or-treating today. The most popular costume this year was Spider-Man.

New costumes were donated by Janssen Labs, a San Diego-based subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, a local physician’s office, and a Girl Scouts troop. Employees from San Diego-based insurance giant Geico were on hand to help kids with the tough decision of choosing just the right costume.

“We celebrate most of the holidays with our students to give them the typical childhood experiences,” said Katherine Field, senior director of external relations for Monarch Project. “We do trick-or-treating here at the school on Halloween because our kids typically don’t have a neighborhood to go to. Any way that we can give these kids a normal childhood experience, we do it."

Monarch School is a K-12 comprehensive school in Barrio Logan serving students experiencing homelessness. Monarch is part of the San Diego County Office of Education's Momentum Learning schools.