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Safe Halloween Promises Free Fun for Local Kids

By Remi Levoff Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Neighborhood kids and USC Topping Scholars have fun at Safe Halloween.Photo by Nathan Carter.Neighborhood kids and USC Topping Scholars have fun at Safe Halloween.

Scores of local children dressed in their Halloween best will flood the Hoover Recreation Center at 1010 W. 25th St., Thursday, October 31,  for Safe Halloween sponsored by USC Norman Topping Student Aid Fund (NTSAF).

From 4-9 p.m., Safe Halloween provides an evening of tricks and treats to children in the community looking for a ghoulishly good time. The annual event is free and open to the public.

Hosted by NTSAF in collaboration with the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks, this year’s Safe Halloween is sure to attract heaps of families from the surrounding community. Just as in years past, the Topping Scholars have planned the evening’s entertainment, which will include a haunted house, games, a costume contest and plenty of sweets.

This sense of community spirit speaks to the core value of the Topping Scholars Program — nearly half of all Topping Scholars grew up in USC’s surrounding neighborhoods.

Since 1970, the NTSAF has supported USC students who demonstrate not only a need for financial aid, but also a sense of community awareness. The scholarship is one of a kind; as the only student-funded scholarship in the country all funds are generated from a once-a-semester $8 fee charged to all full-time students at the university. While assisting Topping Scholars in their pursuit of higher education, the students exhibit a regular commitment to service — Safe Halloween is just one of many community events.

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