Learning to Play, Playing to Learn is Theme For Communiversity Day 2000

Yale’s Cross Campus and downtown New Haven will resound once again with the sounds of children’s festivities on Saturday, April 15 during Communiversity Day, cosponsored by Yale and the city of New Haven.

The event, geared for children ages 7 - 13, is set for Yale’s Cross Campus on College St. between Wall and Elm streets this year from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Every child is sure to find something exciting among the many free activities happening downtown that day.

This year’s Communiversity Day will be held in conjunction with the city of New Haven Easter Egg Hunt on the New Haven Green at 10 a.m. and Jumpstart Kidsfest 2000 for children under 8 years old, which also runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Free food, games, workshops, entertainment, and carnival activities will highlight the day.

“This day is a culmination of a lot of the community service work that Yale students participate in,” said Thomas Whitney, Class of 2002, one of the coordinators of the event. “It’s a chance for Yalies and New Haveners to spend a day working together to give children a fun time.”

Communiversity Day 2000 is sponsored by the Undergraduate Organizations Funding Committee, Yale College Dean’s Office, Yale University Office of the President, Yale College Council of Masters, Yale University Office of New Haven and State Affairs, Yale University Dining Services and Yale University Custodial Services. Pierson, Trumbull, Berkeley and Davenport college councils are also sponsors of the festival.

This year’s theme – Learning to Play, Playing to Learn – will emphasize the fun and pleasure of the learning process. In addition to traditional games, activities and entertainment, workshops including craft-making, sports, singing, and dancing will entertain all. Donald Green, professor of political science at Yale and inventor of the internationally acclaimed board game, OCTI, will be on hand to teach children his new game, OCTI for Kids. In addition, there will be a construction center sponsored by the Eli Whitney Museum.

Kids will also have the opportunity to play on an inflatable trampoline and slide, have their faces painted, make slime, dunk a Yalie in a dunk tank, broadcast live on WYBC radio, make a video message for President Clinton and much more. A solar-powered car, a sailboat and a New Haven Fire Department fire truck will all be on display.

Non-stop live entertainment on two stages will include many groups that hail from the New Haven community, including the Latino Youth Development dance troupe and the Elm City Girls Choir. Others have campus connections, including the Duke’s Men, Unity Korean Drummers and the Yale Dancers. Cultural dance performances will be presented by students from Hawaii, Vietnam, Ireland, Tibet and Africa. The Yale Children’s Theater will bring a children’s story alive on stage.

Parents are also encouraged to come and learn about free health insurance and summer activities available for their children.

And of course, free food, soft drinks and cotton candy will abound.

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