ASU Child Development Laboratory Center Trunk-or-Treat/Fall Festival

On Friday, Oct. 28, 2017, the Alcorn State University Child Development Laboratory Center staff, along with students, community members and friends, gathered in the parking lot of the Eunice Powell Building, Lorman campus, to celebrate the 2nd Annual “Trunk-or-Treat” Fall Festival.

During this event, volunteers hosted trick-or-treating stations (housed within the decorated trunks of their cars) to allow the young students an opportunity to trick-or-treat in a safe environment. Sororities, fraternities, departments, and student organizations filled their trunks with candy and other goodies for the students to enjoy.

According to Arthur Owens, director of the Child Development Laboratory Center, this year’s activities were expanded, offering a fun, safe experience for a larger clientele.

“The CDLC staff took advantage of this event to share the fun with others by inviting Heavenly Angels Daycare Center, located in Port Gibson, Mississippi. This shows how child care facilities can work together to create a fun environment for children.”

The Student Athlete Advisory Committee was among the groups who hosted a trunk. According to the organization’s president, sophomore Jessica Ransom, “We chose to come out to support the kids and do something fun for the community.”

Patrice Briscoe, and Erykuah McNeal, seniors, were also among those who hosted a trunk. The two, along with other members of the Delta Epsilon chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., touted the positive impact of the event.

“We came out today to offer some service to our community,” Briscoe said. “We’ve had a lot of fun and enjoyed being here to support the Center and the kids.”

According to Owens, this event was orchestrated by Chasity Williams, CDLC Cook/Nutrition Aide, and Chestina Mackey, CDLC infant teacher. A total of 17 organizations participated. On behalf of the entire CDLC staff, Owens offered his gratitude to all who played a part in the event’s success.

“Our child development practicum students assisted the staff with this event,” he said. “Their assistance is greatly appreciated. We would also like to thank the ASU student body and all participating organizations for helping to make this event a success.”

For more details on the Trunk-or-Treat event, or the Child Development Laboratory Center, contact Owens at 601.877.6488 or akowens@alcorn.edu. You may also contact Dr. Martha Ravola, interim chair and associate professor, Department of Human Sciences, at 601.877.4717 or mravola@alcorn.edu.