Students Turn White House Library Into Haunted House
by Emily Luxen
WHITE HOUSE, Tenn. - A new Robertson County haunted house is scaring people for a good cause.
The White House Inn Library and Museum has been transformed in an effort to raise money to help pay for a new city library. The transformation was made possible with the help of White House High School drama students.
"They were responsible for their own costumes," said Margaret Broersma, Theater Teacher at White House High School. "They've come up with incredible stuff. I've enjoyed seeing them come up with all the pieces."
Visitors enter the library and weave through a maze of haunted scenes with plenty of unexpected scares along the way. Each journey is customized depending on the age of visitor.
"I play Coraline," said Destiny Powers, a student at White House High School. "We also have Joker from Batman jump out, and we have an Alice in Wonderland section."
All of the money produced from ticket sales will benefit the Friends of the Library building fund. Library Director Elizabeth Kozlowski said the city has outgrown the current facility.
"There are no study rooms," said Kozlowski. "We have people coming to tutor students and they ask if we have a closed off area, and we don't. We can't hold computer classes because the computers are spread out across the library. We are also running out of space for books."
Local students were happy to help the cause.
"I like it a lot because you dress up and come down here," said Powers. " It's your friends you get to scare."
"I think the students have loved every minute of it," said Broersma. " I think they love being able to give back to the community."
The White House Library of Terror will operate from 7-11 p.m. each Saturday in October. The library is located at 412 Highway 76. The cost is $5 per tour.
The groundbreaking for the new White House library is scheduled for 2014.
Students in the Academy of Energy and Power at Maplewood are busy getting ready for next week's Project Expo and had the opportunity to show it off some of their projects to Tennessee Congressman Jim Cooper.