Annual Kids Carnival Celebrates the Holidays

by EMMA GABBERT, CSU Public Relations Assistant

The annual Maverick Holiday Carnival invites children under the age of 10 in the Mankato community to join the Community Engagement Office on Sunday, Dec. 8, for games, activities, and arts and crafts booths hosted by Minnesota State University, Mankato students.

The event will be from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom.

The Maverick Holiday Carnival was started by Karen Anderson, the Assistant Director of the Community Engagement office.

At her prior institution, Transylvania University, Anderson was involved in an event called “Crimson Christmas”, a family-friendly event for the boys and girls club in the community.

When she transferred to Minnesota State University, Mankato in 2014, she decided to keep the tradition alive and create the Maverick Holiday Carnival.

Student teams, organizations, individuals, and others are encouraged to apply to host a booth at the event where they will conduct fun activities like arts and crafts and games for prizes.

Students can get involved with the Maverick Holiday Carnival by signing up on ENGAGE.

Alex Trewatha, the Graduate Assistant of the Community Engagement office, shares why students should participate in this event.

‘Students should sign up for this event because it is a great opportunity to earn some service hours while they interact with children from the community.’

– ALEX TREWATH, Community Engagement Graduate Assistant

Anderson comments on the purpose of the event and how students and children in the Mankato community can benefit from the festivities.

‘We want the children that engage in our events to have a fun time. This is a great time for us since it’s a Sunday before finals, students can release some energy and let some stress go.’

KAREN ANDERSON, Assistant Director of the Community Engagement office

For more information, contact the Community Engagement Office, 507-389-6076.

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