Wake Forest University’s Project Pumpkin to commemorate moon landing Wed., Oct. 30 from 3 to 6 p.m. on Hearn Plaza
(Winston-Salem, N.C. – Oct. 17, 2019) – More than 800 Winston-Salem children are expected to converge on Wake Forest for candy, fun and a good time during the University’s 31st annual Project Pumpkin festival. The event will be held Wed., Oct. 30 from 3 to 6 p.m. on Hearn Plaza.
Project Pumpkin is a signature event at Wake Forest and one that Winston-Salem children look forward to every year. Students, staff and faculty work together to provide a carnival-like atmosphere for children, complete with trick-or-treating, games and prizes, educational activities and clowns.
This year, more than 90 student groups are expected to participate in Project Pumpkin. The theme is Planet Pumpkin, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 Moon Landing, and officials hope to educate children about the Space Project at this year’s festival.
“We’ve asked the participating organizations to ensure there’s an educational component to this year’s event surrounding our theme,” said Lovelle McMichael, a graduate assistant in the Office of Civic and Community Engagement, which helps organize this and other community outreach experiences. “It’s fine for the children to come out and get candy, but it’s important for us to make Project Pumpkin an interactive, memorable and educational experience for them.”
New this year, Wake Forest is working to raise $5,000 to support the Freedom School, a program for elementary and middle-school students aimed at strengthening children’s reading skills and closing achievement gaps. Students have set up a website for donations at crowdfund.wfu.edu.
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Wake Forest University combines the best traditions of a small liberal arts college with the resources of a large research university. Founded in 1834, the school is located in Winston-Salem, N.C. The University’s graduate school of arts and sciences, divinity school, and nationally ranked schools of law, medicine and business enrich our intellectual environment. Learn more about Wake Forest University at www.wfu.edu.