June 22, 2024

News from COAR: Gift Box Drive & Pumpkin Palooza

COAR’s Pumpkin Palooza event

Despite the threat of Hurricane Sandy, local children and their parents gathered in Woodard Campus Center’s Great Hall on Sunday, Oct. 28 for COAR’s annual Pumpkin Palooza event. The children, dressed in their Halloween finest, went trick-or-treating and played games with UMW student volunteers.

COAR’s next annual initiative, the Head Start Gift Box Drive, is in full swing. Students, faculty, staff and community members can fill shoeboxes for local preschoolers, filled with the following items:

a toothbrush, toothpaste, hat, scarf, mittens/gloves, small books & toys, and crayons/markers. Please do not include any food items, religious items, and any items that are not safe for 3-5 year old children.

COAR’s Pumpkin Palooza event

Community members can wrap their shoeboxes if they would like, we just ask that the top and the bottom are wrapped separately. If faculty and staff members want a shoebox, COAR will be in the faculty/staff dining room on Wednesday, November 14 through Friday, November 16 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. When community members and faculty and staff members fill a box or boxes, they should drop them off at COAR’s office in SAE, located underneath Seacobeck. If anybody has any questions or concerns they can email COAR at coarumw@gmail.com or call us at x1802.

About Brynn Boyer

Brynn Boyer is assistant director of media and public relations and a 2010 graduate of UMW.