An event designed for entertainment and education regarding an area organization is right around the corner.
The second annual fall festival, a joint project between the Howard Payne University Student Actvities Council and Big Brothers Big Sisters will be Tuesday. The event, which will be from 4:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. at the HPU Bell Tower lawn area will be an opportunity for fun and exploration.
“Potential ‘Bigs’ and ‘Littles’ are welcome to attend the event,” said BBBS Executive Director Gina Jameson. “We will be there to talk to anyone who is interested in the program,” Jameson said. Local staff members can explain expectations, requirements and answer questions.
HPU students representing different organizations on campus will provide booths and activities for event goers and Sodexo will offer refreshments. Jameson said the event is also an opportunity for the HPU students to become more involved. “We will be available to talk to students who aren’t already volunteering for BBBS – to see if they want to volunteer.”
Lara Hernandez, the HPU Student Activities Council Special Events Co-Chair said there will be plenty of activities for everyone to enjoy. “There will be pie in the face, face painting, pumpkin bowling, bobbing for apples, pumpkin decorating and cookie decorating available,” Hernandez said.
Hernandez pointed out that several student organizations will be manning the booths and interacting with those in attendance. “Greek Life, HPU Student Government and the HPU cheerleaders, as well as the SAC will be there,” Hernandez said. The fall festival is also open to HPU staff, faculty and their families as well, Hernandez said.
The fall festival is beneficial to everyone involved, Hernandez said. “Our hope is that students from campus will show up and possibly gain an interest in BBBS to maybe become a ‘big’ themselves and mentor those yet to be matched. We are excited and can’t wait for Tuesday.”
Founded in 1904, Big Brothers Big Sisters is a program that pairs a child, referred to as the “little”, with an adult, or “big” with the goal of building relationships and trust between the children and who they have been matched with.
For safety and security reasons, “bigs” undergo a process before being matched with a child, a process which includes a background check and face-to-face interviews with staff members of BBBS. For more information regarding BBBS, visit www.bbbs.org.