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Family Mystery Night held at CMS

The Campbell family were 1st place winners at CMS Mystery Night, solving the crime correctly in the shortest amount of time.  Pictured is Mrs. Megan Williams, who portrayed the guilty suspect in the mystery. (Photo: B.J. Babb) The Campbell family were 1st place winners at CMS Mystery Night, solving the crime correctly in the shortest amount of time. Pictured is Mrs. Megan Williams, who portrayed the guilty suspect in the mystery. (Photo: B.J. Babb)
Ms. Stephanie Grimes, host, describes the suspects one-by-one and sets up the game. (Photo: B.J. Babb) Ms. Stephanie Grimes, host, describes the suspects one-by-one and sets up the game. (Photo: B.J. Babb)
(Photo: B.J. Babb) (Photo: B.J. Babb)
CHARLESTON, MO (KFVS) -

"CMS Mystery Night" was held on Thursday, October 22 at Charleston Middle School for grades sixth through eighth.

More than 100 participants searched for clues to solve the mystery of "The Ghost of CMS."

Family groups rushed through the halls, looking high and low, playing mini-games and completing puzzles to find out which character was behind the ghost's mask.

As the story unfolded, guests learned that the school was being haunted by the ghost of Benjamin Blue, the great-great-great grandfather of Blue Jays school mascot, Billy Blue.

Much like the plot of a Scooby-Doo mystery, it was soon revealed that someone among a cast of CMS faculty characters must have dressed up as the fabled ghost.

Among the characters were "The Principal," "The History Teacher," and "The Bus Driver."

Students searched for "Innocent" cards as well as bonus "Billy Blue" and "Benjamin Blue" cards.

There were six activities that, once completed, revealed a faculty character to be "innocent."

The Riddle Relay sent students in a race to complete a small course and solve a riddle. Library Lookup tested families' ability to use a thesaurus.

Families were issued a flashlight to search the Dark Gym for a single hidden clue. At the Wheel of Random station, students spun a wheel and had to complete three challenges to receive their clue.

During a "reveal ceremony," a ghostly Benjamin Blue arrived and was quickly revealed to be "The English Teacher," played by CMS teacher Mrs. Megan Williams.

The purpose of this event was to promote reading and following directions, as well as to promote CMS as a place for families to have a fun, safe, and positive time with each other and with the school.

Pizza and refreshments were served, including lemonade provided by OPAA! Food Services, and door prizes were given. The school would like to thank Summer Babb, Charleston Cheerleading, Officer Brenda Bickford, Mississippi County Savings and Loan, Regions Bank, and Mississippi County Library for contributing to the event.

The event was a product of Title 1 Parent Involvement, organized by Mr. B.J. Babb, Parent Liaison.

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