Maranatha student Kielle Shaver is all smiles as she prepares for Hooked: A Maranatha Escape Room Challenge.

Students hooked on escape room

Maranatha Christian School prepares for Hooked: A Maranatha Escape Room

Grade 4 students at Maranatha Christian School have been spending some time over the past few weeks with guest art teacher Nikki Delay designing and building miniature fairy houses.

The students are not only excited to be doing a fun and creative project, but for the contest going with it that will see the 10 best fairy houses used for a puzzle in the Hooked: A Maranatha Escape Room Challenge, coming in the fall of 2017.

“It’s a great art activity,” said Delay. “Students get to be as creative as they want and use whatever materials they want to build a fairy house within a certain dimension.

“They are excited because the best houses will be displayed – and used as a puzzle-clue in one of the three rooms that we are designing for next year’s escape room.”

Staff, students, and volunteers have been spending the past few months getting ready for their second Escape Room fundraiser.

Last year’s Escape Room was such a success that extra dates and times have been added to accommodate the number of people who were unable to get tickets for last year’s sold out event.

Hooked: A Maranatha Escape Room Challenge will be operating from Oct. 12 to 21.

This Peter Pan-themed event will boast three new theme rooms, new puzzles, and once again will offer prize packages sponsored by Panago Pizza for fastest overall team, the fastest business team, best team spirit and the fan-favourite photo.

Last year Kidcare Daycare won best business, with Johnston Meier Insurance coming in a close second.

“It’s a great event for the school. Our students participate in making props, parents volunteer time to build sets, and the community has been very supportive with donating many of the supplies we use to build the rooms. It’s a great event for bringing the school and larger community together,” said Mike Warkentin, Grade 4/5 teacher and head organizer for the project.

He added if any other organizations or businesses would like to donate supplies such as paint, hardware, and wood or props for any of the three sets that have been designed, they will be entered into a draw for a free escape room session for six people.

Tickets for Hooked: A Maranatha Escape Room Challenge will go on sale in September.

Any questions, donations or anyone wanting to volunteer can email

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