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NDNU Brings Spooky Fun Festivities To The Tenderloin

Belmont, CA, October 24, 2011— Goblins, ghosts and ghouls will swarm the Tenderloin District in San Francisco in search of candy, games and a safe place for trick or treating at the 15th Annual Halloween in the Tenderloin Festival on Saturday, October 29th from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Tenderloin Children's Playground.

Volunteers from Notre Dame de Namur University, students from NDNU's Streetwise Sociology class, the Boys and Girls Club, the police department and local residents will participate in this event, which creates a safe place for children in the Tenderloin to celebrate Halloween. Hilton Hotels, another sponsor, and the police department will provide food. Children will get to bounce in the jump house, have their faces painted, carve pumpkins and play in several other activities, all while listening to the upbeat sounds of a live DJ. Maps will also be handed out indicating safe homes and businesses where the children can trick or treat on Halloween night. The buildings will also be marked by posters or balloons. Volunteers, guests, children and anyone else in attendance are encouraged to dress in costume.

Dr. Don Stannard-Friel, a professor at NDNU, and his Streetwise Sociology class of fifteen have planned for the event since September. The class is designed to give students the opportunity to understand those who are less fortunate and the urban social problems they face. The goal of the class is to, "learn the issues of the inner city" and "engage with the community," said Dr. Stannard-Friel. "We want to help others feel safe." The event gives students the power and feeling of being able to make a difference. The students, along with volunteers, will help run the activities and play with the kids.

The Tenderloin Children's Playground is on 570 Ellis St. in San Francisco. For more information, contact Jennifer Hom, Playground Director of the Tenderloin Children's Playground at (415) 292-2162 or Dr. Don Stannard-Friel, Professor of Sociology and Anthropology at NDNU at (650) 508-3770 or don@ndnu.edu.