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Community/Staff Day set for Oct. 12

Staff members at Princeton and residents of the local community are invited to an annual celebration of arts, entertainment, sports and community service Saturday, Oct. 12, at Princeton Stadium.

Community/Staff Day consists of two hours of pre-football game festivities featuring activities for all ages and interests: snacks, prizes, balloon sculptors, face painters, spin artists, strolling musicians, bounce house and Polaroid pictures. In addition, the day will include a community track event (with free T-shirts for all participants) and a Community Information Fair (where area nonprofit organizations have exhibits highlighting their missions and volunteer needs).

This year, the fair is featuring the "Princeton Reads" project of the Princeton Public Library. The University will be giving away 100 copies of the Princeton Reads book, Chang-rae Lee's "Native Speaker," as a special door prize.

Doors will open at 11 a.m. for the track event registration; the other festivities will begin at 11:30 a.m. Lee, a newly appointed faculty member at the University, will sign copies of his book at the Princeton Public Library's "Princeton Reads" table from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

The kickoff for the Princeton vs. Colgate football game is at 1 p.m. During the game, the Department of Athletics will recognize participants in this year's Reading with the Tigers program as part of its third annual "Salute to Education Day." Through the program, children who read 10 books over summer vacation receive free admission to selected athletic events throughout the year. Nearly 1,000 children have participated in each of the last three years.

All of the pre-game festivities are included in the price of the football ticket admission, which is $6. However, all University staff (anyone with a PUID or employment card) may pick up their complimentary tickets on the morning of Oct. 12 at a specially designated ticket window. Or, tickets may be obtained in advance at the ticket office in Jadwin Gym (258-3538).

Community/Staff Day is sponsored by the Office of Community and State Affairs , the Office of Human Resources and the Department of Athletics . For more information about the event (not ticket sales), call 258-5144.

Contact: Marilyn Marks (609) 258-3601

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