PIPPA PASSES, KY – Alice Lloyd College’s student-athletes and various campus organizations brought an abundance of smiles to several hundred area children this Halloween as they hosted the tenth annual “Trunk or Treat” in Pippa Passes. Due to inclement weather and several scheduling conflicts, the event finally took place a few days after Halloween on the gorgeous evening of November 6th starting at 6:00 pm.
ALC’S Dean of Students and head basketball and baseball coach, Scott Cornett, helped organize the festivities. He said of the night, “Our goal each year in planning this is to get all of our student groups, clubs, organizations, and athletes, involved in a community project. We also wanted to give our young men and women the opportunity to give a little something back to the region that has been so supportive of us. Despite the event being held nearly one week later than normal, we still had several hundred visitors on campus, so we know it is working.”
“Trunk-or-Treat” consists of groups of college students who set up displays across campus as well as load their trunks full of tasty treats that the little ghosts, goblins, superheroes, and princesses would love. Many of the clubs increased the “WOW” factor as they dressed in not only costumes but select elaborate themes such as “Wizard of Oz” and “Toy Story.” When the children and guardians came by, the college students took the time to talk with each of them and comment on the kid’s costumes. Children even challenged costumed members of the cross-country squad to races for extra treats.
Gary D. Stepp, ALC’s Director of Athletics, added, “I am always extremely pleased with the response from our college students, who love this as much, if not more, than the children themselves. It is encouraging to see how well our student-athletes embrace the ‘Champions of Character’ philosophy, and they always go above and beyond what we expect. We love providing this for the community and I believe the hundreds that showed up attest to the fact that it is both worthwhile and appreciated.”
Janet Johnson brought her grandson, Talan, and spoke highly of the event by saying, “Trunk or Treat was a great time for all of the kids. It is nice to come to a clean, family-oriented environment that is both fun and safe for my grandson. I really appreciated the college students taking time to interact personally with the children and they definitely kept them entertained with all of the activities they provided.”