by Jessica Gamari
Senior News Editor
Students’ siblings are invited to a campus-wide sleepover for the annual Little Sibs Overnight at the end of March, sponsored by Residential Programs and Services (RPS).
Emily Schiavoni of RPS is the coordinator of Little Sibs Overnight. This will be the program’s fourth year, but the first time it is being held in the spring semester. The two-night program will be held Mar. 30 through Apr. 1, and will feature a toy theme.
“The toy theme lends itself to good giveaways and prizes,” Schiavoni said.
Kids ages eight to 17 are invited to enjoy these weekend activities. There is a $10 fee upon registration for the variety of events. Profit goes to the Resident Student Scholarship.
“RPS brought this program to MCLA a few years ago in hopes of building a new tradition on campus,” Diane Manning Director of RPS said. “We started it in Hoosac Hall and now all three residence areas are involved. I’m excited to see Little Sibs move to its own special weekend in the spring and hope that this move helps participation in the program to grow.”
Check- in begins at 5 p.m. on Friday Mar. 30. That evening, students and their siblings are invited to attend the Allegrettos concert. On the morning of Mar. 31, there will be a complementary cereal bar and morning cartoons, followed by a pool party, and a “crafternoon.” The Students Activities Council (SAC) will host an animal adventures event, where exotic animals will come to campus.
There will be puzzles, life-sized board games, and a “How Well Do You Know Your Sibling?” game, based on the “Newlyweds” game show. Prizes will be awarded for all game winners.
Later in the evening there will be a “Totally Toy Story” movie night, where students and their siblings can enjoy the Toy Story series along with milk and cookies. The morning of Apr. 1 will be a chance for siblings to hang out and explore the region.
“Since we no longer have The Harbor, we may use BT as home base or Sullivan Lounge,” Schiavoni said. “Last year there were about 30-35 people. When it was just Hoosac, it was even smaller and only had about 20 participants.”
The Advisory Board is excited for this RPS tradition, and they are ready to help out with the program.
Schiavoni said programs like these are great for students with younger siblings who otherwise wouldn’t be allowed to stay on campus (ages eight to 15 are not normally permitted to stay over), but this program allows them to do just that.
“This program means a lot to the familes who participate,” Katherine Stanton, Townhouse Resident Advisor, said. “My younger sister loves to tell stories about the weekends she has spent here on campus.”
Signups will begin this week. Contact Emily Schiavoni on FirstClass for more details.