Some Kind of Scary Wonderful for Area Kids and Food Shelf

Posted by on October 31, 2013

Minnesota School of Business-St. Cloud hosted its 4th Annual Trunk or Treat for local children to rave reviews and collected $471 and 506 pounds of food in donations for the area food shelf. The event provides a safe alternative to trick-or-treating and features decorated vehicle trunks by students, staff, area businesses and organizations.

Here is a first-hand view of the success of the day:

St. Cloud Trunk or Treat, Minnesota School of Business

(From left) Massage therapy students: Louisa Schlosser, Cathryn Uphoff, Coleen Weber, Blake Hunnel


  • Health Careers Association President Mike Dase participated for the first time this year and loved it. “It is a very good thing for MSB to do with the community; it draws out so many people. We had a line out the door for the Haunted Lab that we did. I thought it was awesome!”


  • Mary Rausch, President of the Massage Therapy Association, said “Getting together with the association members and really coming together as a team to bring smiles to the children’s faces” was the highlight of the day.


  • Legal Justice Co-President Erin Stocker agreed. Her favorite part of the day was “seeing all the hard work and dedication pay off, from all the smiley faces of the kids!! And adults.”


  • Co-President of the Interactive Media and Graphic Design Association Tabatha Nentl said, “It was fun to interact with the community. As they say, ‘it takes a village to raise a child,’ and through Minnesota School of Business [we were] able to help in that process.”
St. Cloud Trunk or Treat, Minnesota School of Business

(From left) Vet tech students Heidi Steinke, Bridgette Bicknell, Erin Manning, Erin Sulliban and Courtney Card


  • Campus Director Jim Beck notes that Trunk or Treat allows businesses and organizations a unique way to give back to the community. “The public can see them outside of their normal business hours doing something for them [all.]”


  • Director of Career Services Shannon Templin agrees. “Trunk or Treat allows area businesses to show a more ‘human side’ of their company and helps to increase awareness of products and services provided.”


  • Financial Aid Manager Eric Hanson believes the event is “a win-win for the community. No one around here offers an event like this where all are welcome to attend and money/food is raised for the food shelf.”


  • Several staff members remarked that the event is particularly special because of the safe and positive environment it offers to families. Online Learning Coordinator Michelle Hauber sums up the sentiment, “I think it is a great and safe way for families to go out and spend time together, which can be hard sometimes with the busy society we live in. It also provides a great opportunity for kids and adults to give back to those less fortunate by donating non-perishable food items.”

Community Member

  • Odessa Scherr, co-owner of Central Perk Coffee Shop and Wine Bar, said that Trunk or Treat was a wonderful experience. “[It] was great seeing all the kids dressed up, and the event supported a great cause. We are looking forward to next year already!”

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