Pirates, witches, ninjas, and skeletons invaded Harvard Yard Friday (Oct. 29) as part of the Phillips Brooks House Association’s (PBHA) Halloween Party. PBHA organizers host the extravaganza each year, inviting students from their after-school and in-school programs to campus for an afternoon of crafts projects, tasty treats, and face-painting fun.
“This is one of the few times when we get all of the kids together in one place,” said Kate Meunier, one of PBHA’s program directors. “It’s a pretty joyful day.”
PBHA runs more than 20 in-school and after-school programs across Boston and Cambridge that engage more than 2,400 underprivileged students. The student-run programs extend learning beyond the school day, offering homework help and enrichment activities designed to reduce achievement gaps. The programs are free and available for students ages 5 through 13.
“We want to help make sure they have extra support outside of school,” said Katie Hahn ’11, one of PBHA’s student coordinators.