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Safehouse and Make a Difference Day

October 24, 2013 in Community, Events, Uncategorized

Greetings, Parents.

I hope you all had a wonderful week! It’s been very busy around campus, but the weather has been so nice lately that it’s hard to complain. The sunshine and vibrancy of the colors is making this fall as beautiful as ever . . . although the snow we got on Monday is signaling that winter may come early this year!

This part of the semester can get busy for many students because of several great community service events happening on campus, including Make a Difference Day and Safehouse.

Make a Difference Day–taking place Saturday, October 26–is an awesome opportunity for students to get involved in serving the local community.

Michigan Tech Students Raking Leaves for Make a Difference Day

Michigan Tech students raking leaves for Make a Difference Day. Photo courtesy of Michele Anderson.

Created by USA Weekend Magazine, Make a Difference Day takes place on the fourth Saturday of every October. Volunteers locally and around the world donate their Saturday mornings to lend a hand to community members in need. Students from Michigan Tech can participate with their halls or student organizations, or as individual volunteers. Volunteers will be assigned to different tasks, such as raking leaves or performing household chores for senior citizens and individuals with disabilities throughout the Keweenaw. Last year, more than 700 volunteers and 50 student groups participated in Make a Difference Day, and this year we hope to have even more! To learn more about the Make a Difference Day national program, please visit USA Weekend Magazine.

A Dungeon crafted during Safehouse

A Dungeon crafted during a past Safehouse

In addition to Make a Difference Day, Safehouse will take place on Saturday, October 26. Safehouse is a unique community service project where students living in the residence halls hand out candy to local trick-or-treaters. Sponsored by the Inter-Residence Housing Council, students and their hallmates festively decorate their “houses” and compete with other halls on campus to create the scariest or most fun decorations. After the students have completed their hall transformations, local trick-or-treaters make their way through campus to collect their candy. This is a great opportunity for students who are normally too busy during the school year to give back to the community and to make Halloween special for local children. Not to mention, they’ll have a blast doing it! The halls are open to the public with a guided tour from 3:30 to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday evening.

In addition to Safehouse, a variety of other festive events will also be taking place this week to celebrate Halloween:

There will be a Halloween Dance sponsored by the Douglass Houghton Hall Council on Friday, October 25, where students can dress up, enjoy free snacks, and dance the night away in their Halloween costumes.

The Wadsworth Hall Student Association will be sponsoring Scary Good Cookies, where residents are invited to make festive cookies and frightening treats on Wednesday, October 23.

Michigan Tech Filmboard will be showing the horrifying classic The Shining on Friday, October 25, and Saturday, October 26 to celebrate the frightening festivities.

Thanks for reading, and I hope you all have a wonderful week! If you have any comments or questions for me regarding ParentNet Weekly, please don’t hesitate to email me at vjtaglio@mtu.edu.  Until next time!

-Valerie