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SCHOOL COLLECTS 90 POUNDS OF HALLOWEEN CANDY FOR TROOPS, FIRST RESPONDERS

Taking candy from children is usually frowned upon. But teaching kids the value of giving back by donating their excess Halloween candy in support of U.S. Troops and First Responders is a winwin for kids, parents and schools alike.

This Halloween, local trick-or-treaters joined kids across the nation when they brought their Halloween candy to Houston Schools. The goodies will be shipped to Operation Gratitude for inclusion in Care Packages to Service Members deployed overseas and first responders serving here at home.

Loran Richardson, coordinator of the Healthy Schools program in Houston, said the district collected 90 pounds of candy.

VETERANS TRIBUTE SET FOR FRIDAY

A tribute to veterans is Friday at Hiett Gymnasium on the Houston School District campus. Houston Mayor Don Tottingham is the speaker at the event, which runs from 1-2 p.m.

Following the assembly, a reception with refreshments will be in the north lobby.

Area veterans are invited to attend the 18th annual tribune and the reception in their honor.

The ceremony will be streamed online via the Herald’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/houstonherald.

ANDERSON WINS ‘IT CAN WAIT’ ESSAY CONTEST

Houston High School senior Sydney Anderson is the winner of the annual ‘It Can Wait’ essay contested hosted by the Houston Herald in partnership with the Missouri Press Association.

Here is her winning essay:

A Night Walking Home

I was walking home

You were driving home

I was eight years old

You were sixteen.

You grabbed for your phone

“This will just take a second”

You didn’t see me

But you saw that text

I can’t open my eyes

I am lying on the ground

Blood everywhere

You stay

Repeat how sorry you were

I am getting tired

You tell me the ambulance will be here soon

I can’t hang on that long

While I lie there

Wondering if I will see my ninth birthday

You repeat how you didn’t mean to

How sorry you are

I can’t open my eyes

How important was that text

To cost me my life

MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS ADDED TO HONOR ROLL

The following Houston Middle School students were added to the honor roll. Other honor roll students are listed in this week’s Messenger section.

DISTINCTION

Sixth Grade: Hunter Peterson, Chase Shrout and Martin George.

Seventh Grade: Kane VanHorn.

Eighth Grade: Abbie Overy.

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