Trocaire, P.A.T.H. Enrichment Center Pairing Up to Host Free Family Carnival on Friday, June 23

Trocaire College and P.A.T.H. Inc. are teaming up to provide a science-themed carnival for families and children in the Buffalo area on Friday, June 23. The event will take place from 1- 4 p.m. at the Catholic Academy of West Buffalo at 1069 Delaware Ave., and all are welcome to attend.

Trocaire Radiologic Technology students as well as some collaborating high school students will be staffing the carnival as part of their service learning requirement. A bounce house, fitness classes, live animals, science-themed carnival games, crafts, snacks and basket raffles will be available for all in attendance. The event is also sponsored by the Seneca-Babcock Community Association.

In addition, the students and faculty members will operate an information table to answer questions about what radiologic technologists do, the college experience, and what Trocaire College has to offer.

P.A.T.H. (People Against Trafficking Humans) is a faith-based, not-for-profit organization with a mission to end human exploitation through awareness, action, and aftercare. The P.A.T.H. Enrichment Center works to enrich the lives of vulnerable women and children who have been exploited in our community. Support services offered include counseling, support groups, life skills training, creative arts therapies, spiritual care and more. Clients include those who have experienced assault, domestic violence, sex trafficking or labor trafficking; refugees experiencing trauma; and women in recovery from drug addiction.

Julie Palmer, P.A.T.H. executive director, gave a powerful presentation on human trafficking to the Trocaire community earlier this year. Inspired by the organization’s commitment and passion, Coordinator of Service Learning Pam Jablonicky met with Palmer and began brainstorming ways in which the two organizations could partner to provide service learning opportunities.

Jablonicky said the benefits to both the families and children attending the fair and the students running it make the event a “win-win situation.”

“The carnival is a way for Radiologic Technology students to serve these individuals by providing them a fun, relaxing and educational outlet,” she said. “Meanwhile, our students reinforce their academic knowledge by teaching others about what they’ve learned in the classroom in an interactive way.  This experience also enables students to work with others, develop communication, critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and cultivate an understanding of diverse cultures and communities.”