The Rensselaer Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) recently hosted a “Not So Scary Kids’ Day” at the East Campus Athletic Village (ECAV), with more than 70 children from the local community enjoying a variety of Halloween activities with Rensselaer student-athletes.

The day began with cider and cider donuts, compliments of Sodexo, before a trick-or-treat tour of the locker rooms, where student-athletes handed out candy. At the completion of the tour, the children had the chance to have their faces painted, hands stamped, and play a variety of sports in the auxiliary gymnasium in ECAV Arena.

The Not So Scary Kids’ Day was a Halloween-themed event that also included the opportunity for interaction between the children, who ranged in age from toddler to teenager, and Rensselaer’s student-athletes. All 23 of RPI’s intercollegiate teams were represented.

To build on previous Kids’ Days, SAAC added a theme to this year’s event and put an emphasis on marketing. Members created a flier that was distributed to local elementary schools, day care facilities, and recreational clubs and organizations. Additionally, the flier was shared through social media as well as on an electronic billboard in Troy and announcements were made at Rensselaer athletic contests.

Children from Troy School 14, Latham Ridge, Harmony Hill, Ogden Mills, Blue Creek Elementary, St. Mary’s, St. Pius X, Arongen Elementary, Woodland Hill, Bethlehem, Lansingburgh, North Colonie, Tutor Time, Tumbling Tykes, Southgate Elementary, Kiddie Academy, Birchwood Elementary, Watervliet Elementary, St. Jude’s, Boght Hills, Samaritan Rensselaer Children Center, Tamarac, Sacred Heart, Kiddie Care, Christ the King, Latham Christian Academy, Rensselaer Park Elementary, Turnpike, Guilderland Elementary, and Genet of East Greenbush attended.