November 13, 2017

For a class community service project, UA social work students hosted a Fall Festival at McDonald Hughes Community Center in west Tuscaloosa on Saturday.

About 50 people from the Tuscaloosa community attended the come-and-go event, including community leaders and District 2 City Councilwoman Raevan Howard (’14 BSW).

The festival was organized by students in the course Social Work 440: Social Work Practice with Individuals and Families taught by Cassandra Simon, associate professor of social work. The class developed the festival as their class community service project in hopes helping families in West Tuscaloosa learn about African American culture, poetry, and the importance of honoring veterans.

Festival goers enjoyed popcorn, cotton candy, face painting, a photo booth, a poetry reading and praise dancers. Held on Veterans Day, the festival also included an inspirational message from Rev. Cleveland Dubose, a local veteran. He spoke on the importance of honoring military service members and veterans.

In addition to fun festivities for families, students handed out information about community resources and a flyer to help residents voice their concerns about issues in the community.