Granville students go trick-or-treating for UNICEF

Riley Vradenburg

Granville Spanish club members participate in trick or treat in efforts to make money for UNICEF. UNICEF is The United Nations Children’s Fund, which is an organization that works towards supporting women and children in developing countries. The countries might just not have the necessary things that children need to grow up and live a healthy happy lifestyle, this is where UNICEF comes in to help.

Club advisor, and Spanish teacher Sra. Mosquera is excited about to contribute to the cause.

“Some people call it reversed trick or treat, it has become really popular, this idea,” Mosquera said.

UNICEF is an organization that helps all around the world.

“UNICEF is the United Nations children’s fund and it is an organization under the umbrella of the United Nations that provides for places all over the world for children who live in areas that don’t necessarily have their basic needs met. They could provide water, vaccinations, many things,” Mosquera said.

Mosquera understands why the organization works well and smoothly all around the world.

“They have been working internationally for so many years that they have the people on the ground to make it work,” Mosquera said.

Not only is it a trusted foundation, but UNICEF uses the money that comes in wisely. Sra. Mosquera gladly shared more information about the cause.

“It is a very trusted foundation, and when you donate to it, 90% of the money goes straight to the children.I t is awesome because we can either tell them what we want the money to go towards or just donate it generally,” Mosquera said.

Junior Taylor Ryan participated in the event with junior Maura Masterson these past years. Ryan shared information about how the event has been run in years past.

“We wear costumes depending on the group we go trick or treating with. Last year we went as whatever we wanted, this year we went as something related to the Spanish culture,” Ryan said.

Due to the costume rule change, Masterson and Ryan had to decide on where to trick or treat and what to dress up as. The Spanish club members try to cover most of granville’s most populated areas to maximize efficiency in donations.

“We trick or treated in Bryn Du this year, and dressed up as calaveras,” Ryan said.

Calaveras are very important parts of Spanish culture and the Dia de Los Muertos celebrations.

“A Calavera is a skull. It’s not literally a skull like the ones in our heads but a symbol specifically used in Dia de Los Muertos celebrations. In Mexico, calaveras are extremely popular around this time of year and you can find them in cookie or candy form. Not only are calaveras made into little skull treats, they are also used as decorations and an overall symbol of the holiday,” Ryan said.

The participants go trick or treating at the same time as the children, the only difference is they’re not asking for candy. Masterson was willing to share the process.

“We carry the UNICEF boxes and instead of asking for candy we explain what UNICEF is and ask whether or not they’d like to donate,” Ryan said.

The officers have unfortunately not finished counting all of the money collected this year. The club officers count all of the donations made to the charity, and then report back to Mosquera.

“In the past we’ve raised almost $500 every year,” Ryan said.