Booyah! 225 children enjoy Safe Block

So how did Safe Block 2012 go?

Spook-tacularly.

Now that you’ve finished groaning, consider this: A record number of 225 children participated in the annual event, in which Simpson students invite youngsters from surrounding communities to enjoy a safe Halloween.

Luke Behaunek, the director of Residence Life, said more children participated this year because student organizers reached out to communities outside of Indianola. He also said more Simpson faculty and staff brought their children.

“I’m impressed each year with the commitment of our residential students to open up their homes to host others, both from our surrounding communities and our Simpson family,” he said. “This year was our largest turnout, and my thanks to all who volunteered their time to make Safe Block a success. We were very pleased to see so many families take part in this fun and safe Halloween experience.”

The event is organized by the student-led Residence Hall Association, and this year the tours were led through three residence halls and five Greek houses.  More than 150 students volunteered to help out.

Safe Block activities included age-appropriate haunted houses, trick or treating, as well as games held in the Kent Campus Center. Many Simpson students decorated their doors or hallways to get into the Halloween spirit.

“Safe Block is something I look forward to every year,” said Heidi Scott, president of the Residence Hall Association. “I love seeing kids from the community dressed in their Halloween costumes and getting the opportunity to provide them with a safe and fun Halloween experience. It’s a chance for me to volunteer and serve the community that I have lived in four years.

“Safe Block ran smoothly due to Resident Hall Association members, our advisor (Fred Seel, assistant director of Residence Life) and the pro-staff, and the many volunteers who were willing to help. Everyone who helped was awesome and made a huge difference to the success of this event.

“It’s RHA, and we plan awesomeness!”

At least 225 children, not to mention their parents, would certainly concur.

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