Texas A&M University-Kingsville (TAMUK) freshmen celebrated Halloween with Boys and Girls Club children, passing out candy bags and participating in a haunted house on Tuesday, Oct. 30.
Students of University 1101 (UNIV) got involved with the community to help make Halloween a safe, fun night, UNIV instructor Jenni Vinson, said.
UNIV is a required course designed to enhance opportunities for success for all freshmen or transfer students with fewer than 20 semester hours, Vinson said.
“This event really shows our kids that once you’re in college you should come and give back to your community,” said 2010 Javelina Alumni DeIra Glover, unit director of the Boys and Girls Club.
The freshmen dressed in Halloween costumes and gave out candbags to the Boys and Girls club children, playing festive games, and taking photos together.
“I’m really happy I got the Milky Way that I wanted! I had a lot of fun today, I hope they come back.” said 10-year-old Justin Guzman,
The event took lots of planning from the UNIV courses and the Boys and Girls Club, but overall the outcome was wonderful, said freshman Jose Maldonado.
“This is a really nice event and I’m glad I could help. The experience was wonderful and something I’d like to continue doing,” Maldonado said. “We made sure every child got a candy bag and that every kid felt included.”
“This was our service learning project, as a class we agreed to do something for the youth of our community and what better than the Boys and Girls Club,” said Amanda Galvan, UNIV instructor, “Out of all this we just hope that these kids get inspired and decide to join us at the university some day.”
“This shouldn’t be the last time we have volunteers here at the club, I encourage anyone who wants to come out and help the community with our kids,” Glover said.
This was the first annual trick-or-treat candy give-away and haunted house event at the Boys and Girls Club.
Javelina Alumni and graduate student Maurice ‘Moe’ Hill thanked all those who participated in the event.
Although the UNIV freshmen received a grade for participating. work was on a voluntary basis.
Some UNIV students will also participate in Toys for Tots drive during Thanksgiving for a chance to give back to the community, according to Crystal Oates, UNIV instructor.