Published: October 29, 2009
Ghosts and goblins in Brevard residence hall’s lobby? No, just children from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay.
kids, in full costume, arrived on UT’s campus Oct. 28, invading each of
the nine residence halls with pleas of Trick or Treat. Called Kids at
UT, it is hosted by the Residence Hall Association and participated in
by a variety of student groups. It’s just one of the many ways UT
students are engaged in community service during Halloween.
have so much fun. They love it,” said Shaun Huffman, Resident Hall
Association president who coordinated this year’s event. “And it’s a
really great way for the students to interact with the community.”
Games, haunted houses, pumpkin carvings, piñatas and make-your-own cakes were just a sampling of activities during Kids at UT.
a certain satisfaction in helping the community,” said Hauffman ’10, an
advertising and public relations major. “It’s a great event to get the
UT community together and help children get an experience they wouldn’t
PEACE Club is hosting a Halloween for Hunger
event, in which they collect non-perishable food items for Metropolitan
Ministries on Halloween. More than 90 people have signed up so far.
Halloween everyone is already in a giving and kind spirit,” said
Keri-Anne Kolodiej ‘11, assistant head coordinator of the PEACE
Volunteer Center and liaison for the PEACE Club. “Thanksgiving is right
around the corner. This is just another way for us to help Metropolitan
Ministries, which splits up their donations to local food banks, to feed
as many people as they can.”
Delta Gamma, which hosted a
Halloween party for the Lighthouse for the Blind on Oct. 24, will host a
Halloween party along with Theta Chi for children at the Tampa Shriners
Hospital for Children on Oct. 29 and they will Trick or Treat for
donated eye glasses on Halloween night (their philanthropy is protecting
the gift of sight.)
Sigma Delta Tau sorority hosted Trick or
Treat Oct. 26 in Plant Park, a night of childhood activities like face
painting, tattoos, grabbing eyeballs, cookie decorating and a costume
contest. More than 200 people from throughout the UT community
participated, raising money for the sorority’s philanthropy, Prevent
Child Abuse America.
“What better way to raise awareness about
preventing child abuse then by holding an event that reminds us of being
a kid,” said Adrianna Lauricella ’09, president of Sigma Delta Tau,
Gamma Pi chapter. “Child abuse is happening all around us, even in
families that appear to be 'normal'. By raising money, we are able to
provide these children with a brighter future and allow them get the
help they deserve and need.”
Lauricella, an advertising and
public relations major, said they are selling candy-grams for students
as an additional fundraiser for Prevent Child Abuse America.
To view of photo gallery of Halloween events, check out
UT's Facebook page.
Jamie Pilarczyk, Web Writer
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