Leadership, Education and Athletics in Partnership (LEAP) Photos.
The following citizen contribution was submitted by Leadership, Education and Athletics in Partnership (LEAP)Communications Coordinator Melissa Liriano. Learn more about LEAP here.
Halloween started early in New Haven last Friday, as over 500 children and families celebrated together at the Dixwell Community “Q" House. Leadership, Education and Athletics in Partnership (LEAP), a New Haven education nonprofit, and the Q House hosted their annual Halloween Festival. The festival was a free and open event for all members of the community, and it was a huge success!
Children of all ages and their families from all over the city came out to enjoy the festivities, which included a broad variety of activities and performances. Children carved pumpkins, escaped the “escape room,” played tic tac tooth with Yale pediatricians, got their faces painted by LEAP counselor artists, learned line dancing in the dance studio, brought home books from the book giveaway, and watched live performances by Latino América Unida, Sigma Gamma Rho, Proyecto Cimarrón, LEAP's Leaders in Training,. They also enjoyed a child-friendly interactive drum session by Gammy Moses.
Of course, no Halloween festival would be complete without trick-or-treating! Thanks to the generosity of the community, there was plenty of candy to go around. Volunteers from the Dixwell neighborhood helped to hand out candy to the trick-or-treaters, and they made sure that everyone had a safe and enjoyable time. Children left the Trick-or-Treat trail at 8 p.m. with full bags of candy to enjoy.
The LEAP and Q House Halloween Festival was a wonderful opportunity for the community to come together and celebrate the holiday. The generosity and support of many individuals and organizations made the festival a wonderful success, including Noble Wealth Advisors, Yale Hiring Initiative, the LEAP board of directors, over 20 of LEAP’s neighbors at Monterey Place Apartments who gave out candy, and many more.
Thanks to the New Haven community for coming together to support LEAP's mission of providing high-quality enrichment opportunities for all New Haven youth.