Why Reunion is fun for kids of ALL ages

Dear Alumni and Alumnae Parents:

As a William Smith graduate, HWS employee and mother of two young ladies (one of whom graduated from William Smith in 2017), I've been asked to offer my thoughts on why Reunion is great for families. This is an easy assignment for me as this annual event is always a highlight for my entire family, especially my daughters.

CHILDREN 12 weeks – 12 years

Children are welcome to attend all events, but after you've read the various activity descriptions, you'll see which may be more appropriate for your child given his or her age.

The Reunion Alum Parade on Saturday is always fun for kids. Bart the Statesman will be strutting his stuff, along with a full marching band, and our alums. A Geneva fire truck with lights a-blazing will also be a part of the Parade. Following that, lunch on the Quad will include traditional kids' fare: hamburgers, hotdogs, etc. with variety of refreshments.

Join other Reunion families that afternoon on the Quad for Family Festival. The Quad becomes an active playground complete with bounce houses, face-painting, crafts, and "sprinkler games," if the weather is nice.

That evening, the adult supervised Kid's Camp serves as our childcare center to allow alumni and alumnae parents to have some of their own playtime. Kid's Camp is for children 12 weeks to 12 years, so we're prepared for even the youngest of visitors. (Please note: Pre-registration via the Reunion registration form is required for Kid's Camp and walk-ins that evening cannot be accepted.) Kid's Camp will be headquartered at the Barn, so your kids will have plenty of space to be active with many of our Reunion Red Shirt Ambassadors or quiet with arts and crafts.

Kid’s Camp, with a 4-1 ratio of children to staff, is led by a paraprofessional from the Geneva City School District who recruits assistance from the school and from Geneva General Hospital’s nursing and child care staff. An accredited nurse is present for the evening along with HWS students in the education program.

As nighttime approaches, standard Reunion-issued glow-necklaces become the accessory of choice as fireworks light up the sky over Coxe Hall. Kids Camp will be brought outside for the show – or they can watch with their parents on the Quad if picked up early.

TEENS 13 - 17 years

There will an opportunity on Friday morning to attend an Admissions Preview Visit.  Recommend for high school juniors or seniors who haven't visited HWS, the Preview Visit takes approximately two hours and includes a presentation by a member of the Admissions staff and a student-guided campus tour.  This is a great introduction to what the Colleges offer.

There will be Reunion College classes for you and your teen to attend, Open Houses to explore, St. Marks Tower to climb and art exhibits to experience while you’re on campus.

Reunion Weekend is great for kids and parents alike as the schedule includes a wide variety of activities for the entire family. I encourage you pack up the SUV or Mini Van, set the GPS for Geneva and come see for yourself. In the meantime, I'm here to answer any Reunion kid-related questions you might have.

Hope to see you – and your family – in June!

Karen Ilacqua Reuscher '88, P'17
Director of Advancement Services
Alumni House
Geneva, NY 14456

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