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Zombies run to give back

Some of the zombies who participated in the Zombie Run at West Johnston High School (front row, from left) Alyssa Ferrell, Lauren Convertini, Mackenzie Jordan, and Jamie Snover, (back row) Samantha Matthews, Devin Raines, Cassandra Convertini, Cheyenne Avery, Kira Byrd, Maya Stafford, Kaylee Rochelle, Brandon Brasslett and Tommy Hittle.
Some of the zombies who participated in the Zombie Run at West Johnston High School (front row, from left) Alyssa Ferrell, Lauren Convertini, Mackenzie Jordan, and Jamie Snover, (back row) Samantha Matthews, Devin Raines, Cassandra Convertini, Cheyenne Avery, Kira Byrd, Maya Stafford, Kaylee Rochelle, Brandon Brasslett and Tommy Hittle. JOHNSTON COUNTY SCHOOLS PHOTO

The DoSomething Club of West Johnston High School hosted their first Zombie Run in October, where 23 runners and 13 zombies gathered to raise money to purchase Thanksgiving dinners for needy families.

The event allowed students to give back to the community, while having a great deal of fun in the process.

“Dressing up as a zombie was the best part,” said DoSomething club secretary Kaylee Rochelle, who organized the event.

Runners had the opportunity to win several prizes, and to increase their chances they needed to retain three red ribbons while avoiding the zombies that were chasing after them. Winners received gift cards from sponsors Sylvan Learning Center, Big Steve’s Bagels, 2 Cousins Pizza and Pasta, Tyson Taylor’s Scentsy and Smith’s Nursery. The grand prizes were 2015 yearbooks and a guest appearance on “Cooking with Ashlyn,” West Johnston’s broadcast Wildcat News.

Several of the runners said they were surprised at how afraid they were when the zombies ran after them.

“It was a great experience to do something different on a Saturday,” said runner Diana Moore.

The club members said they plan to continue this tradition, although they would like to have it at dusk next year.

The Zombie Run was one of two efforts to collect money; the club also sponsored a “Penny War” during spirit week. Through the combined efforts, the club raised $289 to purchase pre-prepared Thanksgiving dinners for families of West Johnston students in need. The club is still accepting community donations to feed more families.

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