Students surprise CCRC residents with haul of 30,000 pieces of candy for Halloween

A North Carolina continuing care retirement community got a little help from local students last week in preparing for their annual Trick or Treat Extravaganza — nearly 30,000 pieces of Halloween candy.

Students at the middle school in Stanley, NC, participated in a contest to see which homeroom class could collect the most candy during October. The overwhelming results were hand-delivered by sixth-grade students to the Stanley Total Living community on Thursday in preparation for Monday's trick-or-treating event, which invites costumed kids from the community to celebrate Halloween at the facility.

The students also helped residents sort the candy and socialize with them in honor of the holiday.

“[The students are] at an age where they're old enough to give back and understand what they're doing,” Rebecca Huffstetler, principal at Stanley Middle School, told the Gaston Gazette. “It was a neat multi-generational activity.