As Halloween quickly approaches the plains, those involved in Project Uplift at Auburn University have the opportunity to spend time with their kids at various Halloween-oriented events.
For those unaware of what Project Uplift is, Project Uplift is a program where Auburn University students can volunteer to become a mentor for children in Lee County.
Project Uplift is free for the parents who want their children to be involved in the program. The program’s goal is to pair children up with someone they can look up to and live happier lives.
The sisters of Phi Mu recently hosted their fourth annual Project Uplift Carnival at the Kappa Alpha house Thursday, Oct. 18. The carnival began at 4 p.m., and Alexa Vevon, junior at Auburn University, was in charge of this year’s event.
“This year we had a Moonbounce inflatable, cotton candy machine, pumpkins for everyone to paint, football and face painting,” Vevon said.
“There was something for everyone to have fun with.”
The Project Uplift volunteers were encouraged to bring their kids to the event for an afternoon of fun. The children also had the opportunity to play with other kids their age and be served dinner.
Along with the activities set up for the children, a multitude of sweets were baked in preparation at the event.
“This year we organized a group of Phi Mus to bring all of the baked goods, so of course all of the kids loved that,” Vevon said.
“The Kappa Alphas were in charge of providing all of the drinks, hotdogs and chips, so it really was a group effort.”
Phi Mu’s philanthropy is Children’s Miracle Network, so it is no surprise they look to get involved with an organization that works with kids.
Rebekka Whitfield, freshman at Auburn University, had her first experience with Project Uplift at the carnival.
“Children are God’s gift to earth, and it was such a blessing to take them out of their home environment, give them a glimpse of the Auburn community and show them love and friendship through service,” Whitfield said.
“Phi Mu enjoys putting on events for such a great organization; our philanthropy is CMN, so we always look forward to doing stuff where we get to work with kids,” Vevon said.
“We look forward to doing more events like this in the future.”
For more information about Project Uplift, visit their website http://www.auburn.edu/student_info/project_uplift/index.html.