The New York City Mission Society will hold its Annual Fall Festival on Thursday, October 29, 2015, inviting children and families to Minisink, its flagship community center, to enjoy holiday-themed activities, including an “Estimation Station”, Mystery Room, scary stories, haunted mansion, mask-making, arts and crafts, treats and more.
“We’re delighted to host this celebration that is both fun and educational for children and young adults in our community,” said Elsie McCabe Thompson, President of the New York City Mission Society. “This event has become a popular neighborhood tradition, and last year more than 1,000 children, young adults and their families came to Minisink to enjoy activities after school to celebrate the season. We are grateful to those who are donating their time and treats to make this a very special event.”
What: New York City Mission Society’s 2015 Annual Fall Festival
Where: Minisink, 646 Malcolm X Boulevard at 142nd St., Harlem
When: Thursday, October 29, 2015; Event runs from 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Over the next few weeks, children and young adults who participate in the Mission Society’s Power Academy afterschool programs will receive multiple lessons to hone their STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) skills. The lessons will feature estimation, storytelling, and masks in different cultures.
Then, at the event, students can visit several rooms: an “Estimation Station” at which they will test their powers of estimation by approximately how many treats are in different jars; a Scary Stories Room in which they will listen to scary tales and have a dialogue on the importance of descriptive language; a Mystery Box Room, in which they will explore their senses by touching items placed in Mystery Boxes; and, a Mask-making Room, where they will the history and culture of different masks and then create their culturally inspired masks.
“One of the best forms of learning is through experience; we have combined tricks and treats into STEM activities and games,” Ms. McCabe Thompson said. “We have the ability to change the lives of the children we serve each day by opening their eyes to the value of education and the joy of learning.”
This year’s event sponsors include L+M Development Partners, C+C Apartment Management, and Harlem Congregations for Community Improvement and Vita Coco
Anyone wishing to volunteer should contact the Mission Society, or sign up here. (Link: http://bit.ly/1LYLRwi)
About New York City Mission Society
The New York City Mission Society has been on the frontlines of the war on poverty for more than 200 years. Today, our progressive portfolio of educational, restorative justice, cultural enrichment, and workforce development programs make a positive, long-term impact on youth in the City’s most underserved communities by promoting academic achievement, combating violence, and providing career opportunities. Each year, we serve more than 13,000 children and families throughout New York City with our programs, supportive services, and community events. Learn more at www.nycmissionsociety.org.