News Release

Published on Friday, October 24, 2008

Western Technical College students will be dressing up and going door-to-door this Halloween, but not in search of the typical sweet treats. For the third year, student volunteers will be looking to collect non-perishable food items for a local food pantry as part of the national “Trick or Treat So Kids Can Eat” community service program.

The initiative is being sponsored by Western’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society of the two-year college. An important part of the Society’s mission is to provide opportunities for community service.

“The students have connected with Trick-or-Treat So Kids Can Eat because it allows them to come together and really make a difference in the community,” said Dan Rooney, faculty advisor for Western’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter. “It's a fun event, but also one that benefits area food shelves at a time when supplies are low. The goal is to collect 250 food items.”

Students will visit neighborhoods in La Crosse and Onalaska between 5:00-8:00 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 31 collecting canned and dry food items or cash donations. Proceeds will be given to the Hunger Task Force.

For details on the national Trick or Treat So Kids Can Eat program, visit For more information on Western Technical College programs and services, visit or call 608.785.9200.