By Nolan Patrick Smith
High Desert Daily
(Oro Grande)— Today, Riverside Preparatory High School will be infested with zombies as the school holds Knight of the Running Dead, an all student designed and created event just in time for Halloween.
The event is more than just a zombie run: it’s an 11th grade project that has a plethora of connections to real world experiences. Candice Harrod, Introduction to Business Teacher at Riverside Prep, said, “The 11th grade project provides students with real world experience in building relationships with businesses and the community, promotions across multi medias including print/radio/TV (promo video)/website/social media, advertising, PR, funding and planning an event, team work, engineering obstacles, the understanding of how non-profit organizations operate and their purpose to serve, and that every business has a responsibility to the community and because of this the students have decided to donate a percentage of all profit to a local charity. We hope to see father and son, best friends, business owner and student running side by side in this event.”
Everything for the event is student designed, planned and orchestrated. The course was designed and built by students, they created the rules and prizes, doing the zombie make up and are even the zombies themselves. The students went into the community and gained 15 sponsors as well as over 15 vendors that will be set up at the event. Students created the flyers, posters and even the shirt, and student DJ’s will be providing the music. There will be a child zone as well, with games, prizes and a jumper. The art department has created life size art displays that will be used in the run as well. The night will end with a performance by a group of Riverside Prep student dancers.
Registration for the run can be turned in at the door; the fee for being a part of the actual zombie run is $5. The event itself, as well as parking, is free. For more information, visit http://www.knightofthelivingdead.net.