Safe Block gives students chance to give back

by Amy HaugeStaff Writer

If any ghosts or goblins are looking for candy and fun activities, Simpson campus is the place to go.

Resident Life is holding its annual Safe Block on Thursday, Oct. 30 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Safe Block is a free opportunity for children to dress up in their costumes and have fun.

Student volunteers decorate their dorm hallways, pass out candy and help with childrens’ activities in BSC.

“Safe Block is a place where children can be safe and have fun too,” sophomore community adviser Steven Ramsey, said.

Safe Block is a program put on by residence life at Simpson to provide a safe environment for children of Indianola to celebrate Halloween. A carnival will be located in the BSC, where children can participate in games such as bean-bag toss, face painting, temporary tattoos, decorating cookies and much more.

“I’m involved because I love kids and Halloween, and it’s a great way to scare little kids without causing too much damage,” junior CA Stevie Trevathan said.

Starting at 6:30 p.m. tours will begin in BSC. These tours take the children to residence halls and student houses across campus where Simpson students can pass out candy for Halloween.

Even new community advisers are anxious to help with Safe Block.

“This is my first year on the committee due to my first year as a CA,” sophomore CA Erin Cracker, and CA said.

Safe Block allows students to become more involved with the community and is made possible by working with the city of Indianola and the local elementary schools. Many students are involved because they feel it is fun to interact with the children and like the fact that they are a part of the community.

“I love to give back to the community,” Ramsey said.

Simpson students can volunteer for Safe Block by contacting the residence life staff.

“I feel that Safe Block is important because it allows the residents in the residence hall to help give back to the Indianola community after their contributions to Simpson College,” Cracker said.