By Jill Radwin
Student clubs and organizations were in charge of the different stands, and lunch was sponsored by the President’s office.
In addition, ice cream was donated from Stewart’s, paper products were donated from Price Chopper, and all other costs were covered by individual organizations and the Kenney Center.
Student coordinators Cybil Tribié ’11 and Malebogo Tlhajoane ’11 worked together to organize the carnival.
Both coordinators are work-study students at the Kenney Community Center and have been heavily involved in the UCARE program throughout their time at Union.
“I have been coordinating the UCARE carnival for the past four years with one other student, but this year since both herself and myself are seniors, we’ve been teaching two younger students how to organize the whole event, Zoralys Molina and Ulcha Ulysses,” said Tribié.
The fieldhouse was filled with students tabling and local children of all ages.
“My first year the anticipated turn-out was approximately 150 community members, but last year we had over 500 attend and about 150 volunteers,” says Tribié.
This year the Kenney Center tallied about 500 attendees. Most families stayed for the entirety of the three-hour event to enjoy the festivities.
Tribié notes, “I think it went extremely well and the members of the community seemed to really enjoy it.”