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Fulton High School’s Thespian Troupe 4565 prepares to visit Fulton neighborhoods for the Trick-or-Treat So Kids Can Eat event Oct. 31. The group collected 4,303 pounds of food which earned it first place in the state for the most food collected by a troupe.

Fulton High School’s Thespian Troupe 4565 prepares to visit Fulton neighborhoods for the Trick-or-Treat So Kids Can Eat event Oct. 31. The group collected 4,303 pounds of food which earned it first place in the state for the most food collected by a troupe. Contributed photo

The results are in.

Out of 26 schools in Missouri that participated in the International Thespian Society’s Trick-or-Treat So Kids Can Eat event, Fulton High School came out on top.

Members of The Rising Stars, Thespian Troupe 4565 at FHS, recently discovered their efforts on Oct. 31 of knocking on doors to ask for non-perishable food items for SERVE earned them first place in the state. Even though the amount brought in — 4,303 pounds — was down about 1,200 pounds from last year’s collection, it still proved enough to win.

Mikelle Cortez, Rising Stars director, said the national number — 304,578 — was down from last year as well by almost 50,000 pounds. Hard times, inclement weather on the East Coast, and Halloween following on a week day were all said to be contributing factors to the decrease in food collection.

For the fifth year in a row, theater students in costume hit Fulton neighborhoods on Halloween night to ask for donations in lieu of candy. The troupe divided into nine groups and seven went door to door while one stood in front of Moser’s and the other C&R Market.

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