Pumpkin Patch Bash: A Smashing Success for Geneva College and Tiger Pause
The Pumpkin Patch Bash event for Tiger Pause Youth Ministry took place on Geneva’s campus on October 25, through the Center for Student Engagement. Directed by service learning coordinator Missy Nyeholt, the annual event is organized by a student volunteer as a member of the community engagement team. The student project coordinator this year was senior student ministry major Brendan O’Connor.
O’Connor orchestrated all the activities for the children, including a potato sack race, a potato gourd hunt, a candy search in hay stacks, face painting, painting pumpkins and a pumpkin cake walk. He also organized volunteers before and during the event, most of whom were Geneva students.
Pumpkin Patch Bash has successfully brought many Tiger Pause youth to campus for the past few years.
“It’s a great way for us to celebrate the partnership that we have with Tiger Pause… this is a way for us to bring the kids on campus, help them see Geneva, and provide a fun event for them,” said Nyeholt.
At the beginning of the fall semester, no student had volunteered to lead the event. Further into the school year, O’Connor submitted his application the day before he crossed paths with Nyeholt, who told him the event had been on the verge of being discontinued.
“I know these kids love this event, and they are always super hype for it,” said O’Connor, “I knew if we didn’t [have this event,] it would really break some hearts."
Though this was O’Connor’s first time orchestrating the Tiger Pause Pumpkin Patch Bash, he has worked with their after-school program in downtown Beaver Falls for the past four years.