Rider students hosted a holiday party for 50 children from the Boys & Girls Club of Trenton and Mercer County.
Meaghan Haugh

L-R: Adam Rebhun ’14, Alicia Quayson ’14, Natasha Fuller ’14 and David Brown ’16

Fifty children from the Boys & Girls Club of Trenton and Mercer County had a chance to celebrate the start of the festive season when they were invited to a holiday party hosted by students at Rider University.

Adam Rebhun ’14, a site team leader at the Boys & Girls Club as part of the Rider Bonner Community Scholars program, organized the event, which took place on December 4 in the Bart Luedeke Center Cavalla Room. After hosting a successful inaugural event last year, Rebhuna decided to hold the party again. He sought the support of volunteers from several organizations, including Rider Bonner Community Scholars program, Alpha Phi Omega, Hillel and Rider Serves.

The holiday party featured face painting, holiday card making, a snowman building activity, the dreidel game and a performance by the Rider Vibes a cappella group.

“I wanted to bring the community together to show people we care about them and to enjoy the holiday season,” explained Rebhuna, who also serves as the community service chair for Hillel. “It’s the time to be together.”

Alicia Quayson ’14, president of the Psychology Club, was one of the 20 students who volunteered at the event.

“I thought it would be a good opportunity for students in the club, who are interested in working with youth and adolescents,” Quayson said. “Many of these children come from environments where they do not get the opportunities for holiday celebrations. We wanted to provide something small here at the University.”