Families receive take-home boxes for Kids and Sibs

Activities sent home to cardinal families. Courtesy Photo | Allie Sturtridge

SVSU’s Residence Housing Association (RHA) hosted its annual Kids and Sibs Weekend in a take-home box on Feb. 7 and 8.

The weekend brought in 950 participants even while virtual and COVID friendly.

“This year, RHA decided to keep the tradition of Kids and Sibs Weekend alive by mailing out packages filled with goodies for kids and sibs to enjoy at home,” said Kelly Pabst, an accounting senior and RHA vice president of Records.

RHA knows the value and the importance their event had with families in the past, Pabst said. Thinking outside the box during COVID was worth the effort.

RHA mailed packages containing all sorts of goodies for the participating families, including snowflake crafts, tie dye supplies, coloring pages and more. The box was meant to bring the traditions of the yearly event to life even at home.

Pabst said RHA is thrilled to be sending packages out to many different locations across the U.S., with packages going to 14 different states.

In a normal year, the National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH) hosted a pancake breakfast during Kids & Sibs Weekend.

To keep the tradition alive, NRHH sent home a pancake shaker with directions to make pancakes. They encouraged families to follow the directions, add their favorite toppings and enjoy.

Director of Residential Life Michelle Gunkelman explained that keeping the event alive during the pandemic was very important.

“(Kids’ and Sibs Weekend) has been an event at SVSU since the 80s,” she said.

RHA tied in a social media aspect to the event to bring in connection. Families were asked to post pictures of their completed activities using the hashtag #SVSUKIDSANDSIBS.

Pabst said RHA posted ideas of how to use the supplies in the box, like the tie dye supplies, on their social media for families to look at for inspiration.

All of the packages were to be shipped or picked up by students, arriving at homes by Friday.

When families receive their packages, they are encouraged to connect with their college students via Zoom.

Questions about the boxes can be directed to RHA at rha@svsu.edu.

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