The Department of Community and Therapeutic Recreation at UNCG has a long, proud history of
community engagement. Every year students in 
the department gain valuable hands-on
experience and expand their professional horizons while giving back to the Piedmont Triad community. 

In the Fall of 2012 our Program Planning in Recreation and Parks (RPM 213) class set out to assist 9 local agencies with planning, implementing, and evaluating a program. Our group served Bell House with planning and implementing Bell House Harvest Party, a fall festival, for the residents, their family, and their friends. This program offered the residents an opportunity to get out of Bell House for the afternoon and be more involved with the community. There were many activities for the residents to participate in such as a cake walk, bobbing for donuts, mystery boxes, pumpkin painting, bubble wrap derby,  guess the pumpkin weight, and guess the amount of candy corn. Along the way we learned a great deal about planning and implementing an event, as well as how to work together as a group. This is the story of our group's service learning experience.