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5th Annual Halloween Trick or Treat Outreach at SFU Surrey

November 07, 2017

On Tuesday, Oct 31st the Surrey campus had the pleasure of hosting more than 700 students from A.H.P. Matthews Elementary, Old Yale Road Elementary, and Betty Huff Elementary schools for the 5th annual Halloween Trick or Treat Outreach.

The event is an initiative of the SFU Surrey TD Community Engagement Centre. For many of the kids, it is their only opportunity to trick or treat on Halloween. Many campus departments take pleasure in decorating their spaces to help get everyone in the spirit.

 The event is also an opportunity to introduce young children to a university setting —for most, it’s their first experience—while providing them with an opportunity to take part in a traditional activity in a safe environment. The event plays a small part in reducing barriers, increasing access to education and building connected communities!

I know I speak for myself, the faculty, staff, and SFU students when I say that it’s an absolute delight to have these local students, their teachers, and parents visit our campus to trick or treat. This initiative is  a great example of authentic community engagement, and a signature event on the calendar. The kids were thrilled, parents and teachers as well, all of which adds to the Surrey campus vibe.

My thanks to: the Office of Community Engagement for organizing this initiative, the participating departments and staff around campus who decorated and handed out candy, and the SFU student volunteers who toured the trick or treat groups around campus. 

Steve Dooley
Executive Director, SFU's Surrey Campus