FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Dr. Kearney students raised $3,700 for the school’s theatre program and donated over 1,200 food items to the Fort St. John Women’s Resource Society through its haunted house.

Drama teacher, Ginger Alexander, says it has been hard to raise money for the school’s musical theatre program due to public health orders. Generally, the program’s budget would come from show proceeds, but Alexander decided to go down a different route with her students.

“We [couldn’t] do a show this year because of COVID, again. So, I thought what a better way than a flow-through event where we can be COVID safe, and we won’t get shut down. I’ve never done a haunted house, but I had a lot of ideas,” said Alexander.

This was the first time Alexander had ever run a haunted house, which took place from October 28th to 30th at the Festival Plaza.

Alexander says the drama program is currently focusing on Remembrance Day and will then put together a small Christmas show.

Alexander is sending a special thanks to Urban Systems, JNA Enterprises, North Peace Leisure Pool, Bert Bowes teacher Ted Sloan and Dr. Kearney staff and students.

“Urban systems was so amazing with generously sponsoring, volunteering and donating more kids zone prizes when we ran out. Thank you to Ted Sloan for training my tech guys. The staff at the pool were amazing with their help with garbages, lighting and opening the building. JNA Enterprises donated all their guys to help build and tear down at the end of the day. Staff and Students at Dr. Kearney worked very hard and deserve a well earned break!”