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A Safe and Fun Way for Children in the Tenderloin to Celebrate Halloween

Belmont, CA, October 30, 2009 — About 40 Students from Notre Dame de Namur University helped create a fun and safe environment for 400 young ghosts and goblins to celebrate Halloween at the Children’s Playground in the Tenderloin district of San Francisco.

NDNU students organized games, activities, pumpkin carvings, face painting, a costume contest, and much more at the 14th annual Halloween in the Tenderloin. The students included members of NDNU’s lacrosse and soccer teams as well as students enrolled in Dr. Don Stannard-Friel’s “Streetwise Sociology” class, one of several which introduce students to the issues faced by residents of the Tenderloin.

“Part of NDNU’s mission is social justice,” said Stannard-Friel. “Volunteering in the Tenderloin provides students with an opportunity to become active citizens within the community. Not only did the children enjoy the festival but it also created an environment for the students who volunteered to connect with the children and learn directly from their community which made the Tenderloin our classroom.”