If your Deac loves Halloween and/or volunteering, encourage them to get involved with one of our largest student-led community events, Project Pumpkin. In the pre-pandemic years, it was a one-day event on campus that brought close to 1,000 local kids to campus for an afternoon of trick-or-treating, carnival games, and other fun. During the early part of the pandemic, they had to pivot to be mindful of public health and did smaller events in the Winston-Salem community instead of one large event on campus.
This year, there will be an on-campus event on October 25, and an off-campus partnership with the Winston Salem Parks and Recreation Department on October 27. Interested students can register here.
Project Pumpkin is one of the most fun days for our students. Some Deacs love to dress up in costume themselves; some miss their siblings and want to be around younger kiddos; some have a spirit of bringing joy to other people through volunteering; some just like to witness the event as a spectator.
I hope a lot of our students will get involved with Project Pumpkin again this year. To give you a sense of past events, some pictures of previous Project Pumpkins are below. (Occasionally, if the weather is bad, the event had to be moved indoors, which is why you see some Quad pics and some indoor pics.)
— by Betsy Chapman, Ph.D. (’92, MA ’94)
September 21, 2022