By Waldy Diez SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) – Greek or Treat is one of the many philanthropic events Greek life hosts every year. Recently, students participated in Derby Days where the houses competed against each other for a week and raised money. Gavin Dowd, a sophomore in Sigma Chi, said Derby Days raised more than $17,000 for the community.
Students agree that Greek or Treat is another great way to give back to the community.
“It’s a really good way of incorporating the actual city of Syracuse with the campus and it helps fight the stigma that Greek life is just about partying because we really do care,” said Maia Henderson, a senior in Gamma Phi Beta.
Almost 300 students volunteered for the 10th Annual Greek or Treat this Halloween. The Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs paired up with the Syracuse Parks and Recreation Department along with after school programs and community centers, such as Big Brother, Big Sister and the Westcott Community Center, to give youths a chance to have a safe Halloween.
More than 160 children participated in this year’s two-hour event. Members of Greek life guided children through the 13 different houses on Walnut Place and Walnut Avenue where children participated in various Halloween-themed activities. Some of these activities included mask making, mummy wrapping, pumpkin bowling, pin the tail on the witch and pin the skull.
Children and students dress up for the campus trick or treat. Dowd says that’s why he signed up to volunteer.
“I wanted to come and see how it’s going to actually work, because you like to give back to the community and see the little kids with all the costumes running around,” Dowd said. “I thought that’d be pretty cool to see.”