Third annual Harvest Festival unites community members, campus

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Waynesburg University’s Student Senate will host a campus and community Harvest Festival Thursday, Oct. 31, from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Johnson Commons. Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited to attend.

Prior to the event, the Waynesburg University residence life staff will host trick-or-treating on Washington Street in Waynesburg. Cara Petrone, a junior forensic science major from Canonsburg, Pa., and social vice president of Student Senate, hopes that the community will participate in both events.

She planned the event to promote campus and community relations as well as raise funds for local needs. Her Student Senate committee, the Event Planning and Promotion Task Force, has worked to put the event pieces together throughout the fall semester.

“I would like the community to see how much Waynesburg cares about them,” Petrone said. “We are having this event to help the children in the community that are in need of winter items. I think that inviting the community to campus helps show them that we are living up to our mission of faith, learning and serving.”

Campus clubs and organizations will dress in Halloween costumes and sell various Halloween and harvest-themed snacks and activities to raise money for Salvation Army’s Project Bundle-Up, a Western Pennsylvania-based non-profit that raises money for outerwear for those in need.

For the first time, WCYJ-FM, Waynesburg University’s student-run radio station, will host its annual Pumpkin Bowling during the event.

In the event of inclement weather, Harvest Festival will take place in the Stover Campus Center.

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