Wake Forest's annual Project Pumpkin announces "A Day in Deacon Land"
October 3, 2007
Almost 2,000 children from 50 community agencies have been invited to participate in Wake Forest University’s 19th Annual Project Pumpkin. This year’s theme is “A Day in Deacon Land.” The event will take place Oct. 25 from 2:30 p.m. – 6 p.m. on Hearn Plaza (the Quad) between Wait Chapel and Reynolda Hall. It is designed to provide safe Halloween fun for children from invited agencies, and is not open to the general public.
Student organizations and academic departments will sponsor carnival games, face painting, haunted houses, clowns, and other entertainment. Costumed volunteers will escort children through residence halls for trick-or-treating. Hearn Plaza will be decorated like a fanciful candy land, reminiscent of the classic children’s board game. Musical entertainment will be provided by student groups Innuendo, Thomas Kozak, Minor Variation and Chi Rho. Wake Forest athletes will also make appearances during the event.
Wake Forest students have been visiting participating agencies since September. These “agency plunges” give students an opportunity to interact with the children before they arrive on campus and encourage volunteering in the community beyond the event. Project Pumpkin Steering Committee member Maddie Simpson says “student volunteers have been helping the children decorate candy cutouts to fill the trees on the Quad during these agency plunges.”
Food Lion, a long-time supporter of the event, will donate candy. Other Winston-Salem businesses have donated gift certificates to be auctioned off in a university fundraiser, and Project Pumpkin T-shirts will be sold on campus to raise money for the carnival as well.
The event was started by a Wake Forest student in 1989, and is sponsored by the university’s Volunteer Service Corps. The Volunteer Service Corps regularly serves the community through events such as Project Pumpkin, tutoring, mentoring and international service trips.
Morning show segments and interviews with Project Pumpkin organizers and participating agency representatives can be arranged. Media representatives must check in at the media table in front of Wait Chapel to receive a press kit and find out which children cannot be photographed. To arrange coverage, contact Audrey Fannin at 336-758-4393.