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LHU Social Work Club hosts Halloween party for Salvation Army’s after-school program

Shown are members of the Lock Haven University Social Work Club and the Social Work Board preparing for the Halloween party at the Salvation Army.

The Lock Haven University Social Work Club from The Stephen Poorman College of Business, Information Systems, and Human Services, hosted a Halloween party on October 22 for 36 elementary school and middle school students at the Salvation Army. There were 17 members of the Social Work Club in attendance running the party.

Kirsten McKinney, after-school program director and volunteer coordinator at the Salvation Army, also is a graduate of the LHU social work program. She invited the Social Work Club to help organize the party in the evening for her after-school program. The party consisted of many fun activities including pumpkin painting, bowling with pumpkins, coloring for Halloween, Halloween bingo and other games. The children also enjoyed a holiday meal, various prizes and breaking of a Pinata filled with candy. Dr. Steven Granich, club adviser, helped the Social Work Club Board to organize the party.

“This activity is important for the Social Work Club, the Salvation Army and the Lock Haven community,” Granich said. The Social Work Club is very community oriented and regularly provides service to the community.

McKinney expressed her thanks to the Social Work Club for their help and support in planning the party. “The children in our program are mostly disadvantaged youth from our community, so to have the graciousness of the Social Work Club to think of our program and our kids with throwing this party is just amazing,” she said. “The kids had a blast and so did the adults; we are so blessed with the support the Social Work Club has shown us.”

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