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Advisory: Wake Forest students host 'Once Upon a Pumpkin'

By Pam Barrett
336.758.5237
Oct. 5, 2005

NOTE TO EDITORS: This is a community service event for children from invited agencies. It is NOT open to the general public. 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.

More than 1,500 children from 40 community agencies have been invited to participate in "Once Upon a Pumpkin," Wake Forest's 17th annual Project Pumpkin, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 27. The event will take place on Hearn Plaza (the Quad) between Wait Chapel and Reynolda Hall.

Students dress up for Project Pumpkin.

More than 1,500 children from 40 community agencies have been invited to participate in "Once Upon a Pumpkin," Wake Forest's 17th annual Project Pumpkin, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 27. The event will take place on Hearn Plaza (the Quad) between Wait Chapel and Reynolda Hall.

Project Pumpkin is an event sponsored by the university's Volunteer Service Corps that provides safe Halloween fun for children from invited agencies. It is not open to the general public. The event was started by a Wake Forest student in 1989.

This year's theme is "Once Upon a Pumpkin." Hearn Plaza will be transformed into a fantastical wonderland with familiar fairly tale characters, dragons, bats and more.

During the event, costumed student volunteers will escort children through residence halls for trick-or-treating, and student organizations and academic departments will sponsor carnival games, face painting, haunted houses and other entertainment. The children will also get to meet Wake Forest athletes and the Demon Deacon mascot.

Project Pumpkin.

Entertainment in past years has included a popular "mad scientist" show sponsored by the chemistry and physics departments, English majors reading scary stories and various campus musical groups.

Through October, Wake Forest students will visit participating agencies to interact with the children before they arrive on campus. During these "agency plunges," student volunteers will help children make Halloween mobiles that will decorate the trees on the Quad during the event.

Project Pumpkin relies on many organizations, including Food Lion and Hauser Rental, to make this event a success every year.

Wake Forest's Volunteer Service Corps regularly serves the community through events such as Project Pumpkin, tutoring at local schools, mentoring and international service trips.

Morning show segments and interviews with Project Pumpkin organizers and participating agency representatives can be arranged. Organizers will begin decorating the Quad at 5 a.m. Oct. 27.

At the event, 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 Pam Barrett at 336-758-5237.


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