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SU Greeks treat Syracuse youth to Halloween fun
On Friday, Oct. 26, the Syracuse University Greek community will host its 8th annual Greek or Treat event from 3-5:30 p.m. This tradition welcomes Syracuse youth into the fraternity and sorority houses located on Walnut Avenue and Walnut Place for various Halloween-themed activities.
“Greek or Treat is an afternoon when students in Greek life are able to remove themselves from their usual surroundings and see the immediate benefits of giving back to a community that truly deserves a happy and fun Halloween,” says Allison Zisfein, a senior television-radio-film major and philanthropy chair of the Panhellenic Council. “It’s a simple reminder that we are part of a much larger community than just the University and there’s really nothing better than celebrating with these children.”
Greek or Treat is a collaboration between the SU Greek chapters, Syracuse Department of Parks and Recreation, Syracuse community centers and afterschool programs. The fraternities and sororities located in the Walnut Park area serve as hosts and are paired up with the various other chapters within the Greek community. Traditionally, the event draws more than 300 local area youth and more than 200 SU student volunteers.
“The Syracuse Department of Parks and Recreation has been involved with Greek or Treat since its inception,” says Christopher Abbott, recreation program director. “It has become one of the more anticipated events of the fall program for many of our afterschool youth. From the creative games and activities, to the extensive Halloween displays, it’s evident, year after year, that the students devote a great deal of time and energy into preparations for the event. It’s another shining example of SU’s commitment to the community.”
For more information on Greek or Treat, contact Stephen Jackson in the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs at firstname.lastname@example.org or 315-443-2718.