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Tuesday, November 01, 2011
By Lexi Palma '13
Sarazen Student Union was decked out with spooky decorations and filled with orange and black streamers as Siena College hosted its 7th annual Halloween Extravaganza. Many student volunteers and more than 30 clubs donated their time to create a fun-filled day for local families and children.
“It is the one event on campus that brings together all different clubs, organizations and students for one cause,” said Halloween Extravaganza Coordinator and Bonner Service Leader Meghan O’Mara ’12.
Siena’s mascot “Bernie the Saint Bernard” greeted families who quickly found that the event was filled with themed activities for children of all ages. Siena students ran booths for pumpkin carving and painting and hosted the “creature creation station,” where children could design their own edible monsters. Many kids also had their faces painted, while others played Halloween-themed games.
“It was a wonderful day and we are so proud of this year's event,” said Associate Director of Academic Community Engagement and Coordinator of the AmeriCorps Vista Program Yalitza Negron '08.
The haunted house was another big hit at the event. Screams were heard from within the dark “zombie” room, even though many of the kids who ran out insisted that it “wasn’t that scary.”
The event is well-known for its student participation and the college community's commitment to creating a day for children to enjoy while getting them into the Halloween spirit.
“This event serves to ground Siena students and connect them with the Greater Capital Region. It is a day where we can all pull together for one cause and work as a team,” O’Mara said.
Halloween Extravaganza started as a way to raise money for Hurricane Katrina victims. Since then, the money collected each year goes to a different charity. This year, Halloween Extravaganza supported Hope 7 Community Center in Troy, which is a not-for-profit organization that holds recreational activities for the Collar City’s youth.
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