By Melor Suhaimi, MD Programs Manager
Photos Courtesy of AALEAD Staff
During the week of October 18th through October 26th, Montgomery County, MD celebrated Community Service Week and MD Middle and High School AALEADers took part in the celebration this past Saturday on October 25th.
Three of our High School youth attended Glen Echo Park’s annual Fall Frolic event. The Fall Frolic event is a Halloween-themed family event where patrons are invited to Glen Echo Park to enjoy hands-on crafts, Halloween activities, and trick-or-treating. AALEADers volunteered at the event and assisted at the different craft stations from pumpkin decorating to creating Halloween Chinese lanterns. AALEADers even had the opportunity to interact with the 2 to 5 year old patrons dressed as pumpkins, pirates, and princesses!
Eighteen of our Middle School AALEADers celebrated Community Service Week by making Halloween goodie bags for patients at the Children’s Hospital. AALEAD collaborated with a volunteer that we worked with last year, Elliot Rosen, who provided the supplies and candy for our AALEADers to make the goodie bags. Our Middle School AALEADers made around 200 goodie bags at the Wheaton Community Center! It was a successful service event! With October 25th being AALEAD MD Programs’ first community service event of the 2014 -2015 school year, our youth celebrated Community Service Week with the rest of the county, along with learning the importance of giving back to their local community.