Each year, St. Giles Church in Raleigh, NC, puts on a fall festival for church members and the surrounding north Raleigh community that includes games, food, activities, and plenty of candy. This year, Campbell Law students participated in the festivities by helping set up and host many of the activities and games. Several students volunteered as part of their experiential learning projects. Students, through this project, had the opportunity to experience the importance of service as one of the many roles filled by legal professionals. A couple of students hosted games at the festival, including mini-golf and “Ga Ga Ball” (a very loud and competitive ball game). Another student shared her musical talents at the festival and provided some live music.
Some activities were a bit more educational, like the booth hosted by one Campbell student where people could learn about American Sign Language. The Campbell Law Pro Bono Council’s Service Animal Project also made an appearance at the festival. The Service Animal Project, one of Campbell’s newest pro bono projects, seeks to serve the community by educating the public on the rights of persons with service animals and how to interact with those individuals and their animals.
At the festival, volunteers of the project set up a booth where attendees could meet a service animal, learn about service animals, and test their knowledge of service animals to win prizes. Though the service animal booth had a difficult time competing with all of the other fun games and activities at the festival, volunteers were able to talk to a lot of people about service animals and answer some great questions about them. Unfortunately, some of the activities had to be modified or left out due to the weather, but that did not stop volunteers and attendees alike from enjoying the awesome food truck offerings, copious amounts of candy, and fellowship.