Project Pumpkin is a signature student-led community-building event that began in 1988 by Wake Forest student Libby Bell (’93), in an effort to bring together both the campus and Winston-Salem communities. Each year around 800 children from local schools and after-school agencies are invited to Hearn Plaza the Wednesday afternoon before Halloween to participate in a seasonal Halloween-themed festival.
For the past 30 years, Wake Forest faculty and staff collaborate to provide a safe environment for trick-or-treating, carnival games, clowns, entertainment, and educational activities. Wake Forest students partner with local schools and agencies to transport the children to and from campus for an afternoon of fun Halloween Events.
In addition to providing a fall festival for local children, Project Pumpkin helps raise money for the Freedom School at Wake Forest University. Each summer, Freedom School hosts third- through eighth-grade students for a reading-based summer curriculum, and provides all children with free meals. For this year’s event, Project Pumpkin aims to raise $5,000 for the initiative. Help support Project Pumpkin and make a donation to the WFU Freedom School.