This Wednesday, the quiet streets of Birmingham will be filled with plenty of little monsters, pirates, witches and more as trick-or-treaters hit the streets, many with parents in tow and most with relatively little to worry about.
However, for those Pontiac kids unable to trick-or-treat because of unsafe neighborhoods, Birmingham's Wells Fargo Advisors office is looking to provide a safe place so that no one misses out on the treats this Halloween.
From 1:30-2:30 p.m. today, the Wells Fargo Advisors office at 255 E. Brown St. will be handing out treats to more than 100 high-achieving students from the Arts & Technology Academy of Pontiac (ATAP).
"Unfortunately, many of our students are not able to trick or treat in their neighborhoods for fear of violence," said ATAP chief administrative officer Septembra Williams. "This event provides a safe environment for our students to have fun and enjoy Halloween."
In addion, financial advisors from the Birmingham office also raised funds to purchase Halloween costumes for the 100 ATAP students. This afternoon, while the students are visiting in their costumes, Wells Fargo employees will abandon their normal suits and skirts, dress in costume and participate in a costume contest. The winner will be decided by ATAP students.
"In addition to safety concerns, many of our ATAP families face financial hardship and are unable to provide costumes for their children," Williams said. "Without assistance, many of our students would miss out on this quintessential part of the childhood experience — Halloween."
"This is one of many events and opportunties Wells Fargo Advisors supports that allows our students to learn and grow inside and outside the classroom," she added.
The safe trick-or-treating program is part of an ongoing partnership between ATAP and Wells Fargo Advisors.