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Key Club Hosts Fifth Annual Boo on the Bayou!

Chalmette High School Key Club held its fifth annual Boo on the Bayou Halloween event at Borgnemouth Park in Meraux on Sunday, October 27.  The event, which has become a community favorite, attracted close to 2000 visitors for games, trick or treating, arts and crafts, a pumpkin patch, and performances by many of the parish elementary school dance and cheer squads.

“The event started off as a way to bring families together for the Halloween season and it has taken off to become a family tradition for many of the residents of St. Bernard Parish,” Alison Schroeder, advisor of the CHS Key Club said. “We are so fortunate to be able to coordinate an event that brings fall fun to our parish and that also helps us to keep community service alive.”

Schroeder organizes the event with the help of the St. Bernard-Arabi Kiwanis Club's Kiwanis advisors Charlene Abadie, Jeff Southerland, and Susan Rodriguez.  The CHS Key Club board of officers also contribute to the planning and development of the event.  The board is made up of Truc Hoang, president; Quynh Tran, vice president; Chobie Chan, secretary; An Tra, treasurer; and An Bui, bulletin editor.

“The kids really run this whole event, which is the most impressive thing of all,” Schroeder said.  “We get comments every year about how organized it is and how polite and friendly the volunteers are and that speaks volumes about the amazing students we have at CHS.”

The event has flourished since its inception five years ago, and usually earns the club close to $3000 to help offset the costs of sending students to district convention, hosting an end of year awards banquet, and of course, implementing additional service projects in St. Bernar Parish.

“We originally envisioned this as simply a way to provide community service, but we are also glad that it has become a way to help us raise funds to support leadership opportunities for our students and to give back to our community in other ways," Schroeder said.