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Volunteer event aids local children

Kathleen Ellison
A&E Editor
kae742@lhup.edu

April 10, 2014

The MountainServe Center is hosting the annual free Children’s Festival at the LHU Recreational Center from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m on Saturday, April 12. This event has been an aspect of Lock Haven for over 15 years, and this year’s theme is “Past, Present, and Future” in recognition of Clinton County’s 175th Anniversary.

There will be plenty of activities promoting education, as well as entertainment and informational handouts for children and caregivers. Half the gym will be filled with old time games to coincide with the theme, such as kick ball, four square and capture the flag. There will also be face painting, crafts and even some jousting by the wrestling team. Many Lock Haven University groups will be participating in the event such as Smith Hall, Campus Village and the Stevenson Library. University students, community members, local businesses and organizations will be involved too.

Bianca Hoffman a senior secondary education major, is in charge of organizing the festival this year. She’s worked with the MountainServe Center for two years. She said that there haven’t been any serious issues while organizing the event. “This year, I’m basically the main planner,” said Hoffman. “It’s been a lot of stress, but it’s a lot of fun and it’s definitely worthwhile in the end.”

This is just one of the many volunteer opportunities provided by the MountainServe Center at LHU which strives to better the community through such activities like cleaning up the river, tutoring, working with the Salvation Army and the American Red Cross. For the festival they’re inviting all the elementary and middle schools in the area to join in this community event. “This event is fun because you get such a diverse group of people,” said Hoffman. “You have members of the community you get to interact with, and you also get to see the creative things our clubs get to come up with . . . it’s definitely an incredible experience.”

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