Reaching Into Community

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Our community is preparing to host our 8th annual Trunk or Treat. From it’s inaugural year in 2011, this event has grown to be one of the most successful and highly-anticipated family Halloween events in the city.

The objective of Trunk or Treat is to serve families with young children, in our greater community, with a fun, free and safe alternative to trick-or-treating, while inviting them into our Big Willowstone Academy/First Lutheran community. Trunk or Treat is a gift that reaches into our greater community to serve families.

For those of you who are new to our learning community, you may be wondering what this event is and why we need so much help!

Trunk or Treat is run completely by church and school volunteers. Each volunteer family or individual provides their vehicle and enough candy or giveaways for 250 children. We park all of the vehicles in our Lakeshore parking lot. Our volunteers pop their trunks, decorate  them in a fun theme, and hand out candy during this hour-log event. We hand out upwards of 20,000 pieces of candy to over 400 children.

To help offset costs to our volunteers, we accept donations of cash and candy from church and school families. In addition, this year, we have formed a partnership with Turner VW. As our title sponsor, their sponsorship will allow us to purchase a large amount of candy to support all of our volunteers. Turner VW has been an enthusiastic supporter of Trunk or Treat since our very first year and we are delighted that our relationship with this awesome family business is growing!

In addition, please watch for our promo ads on Castanet and radio spots on Soft 103.9. Our media sponsors have given generously to support Trunk or Treat and we are thankful!

it takes 50 volunteers and community partners to pull this event off successfully. We need your help! Please consider supporting this event in one of two ways:

  1. Sign up to decorate your trunk + provide at least 250 pieces of candy. (Thanks to our title sponsor and donations coming in, we will provide you with additional candy, as we expect 400+ children!)
  2. Donate candy, giveaways and/or cash (to purchase candy). Donations are being gratefully accepted in the school office.

Volunteering as a family is a nourishing experience. It strengthens the bonds of relationship and exemplifies your family’s values. When you volunteer as a family, you are telling your children, “Our gift of time and resources make a difference in our community”. You are teaching your children what matters and instilling in them the value of philanthropic giving.

What values matter most to your family? How can you live out those values in your community? Whether it is by helping with Trunk or Treat or any gift of volunteerism in our school and beyond, reaching into your greater community as a family makes our world a better place. It is a beautiful thing!

Come and be part of the fun! Trunk or Treat takes place this Thursday, October 31st from 4:00 – 5:00pm in the Lakeshore Rd. parking lot. If you have any questions, please email Amanda Kovatch.

Making Learning Visible,

Heather Sandager, Community Developer