November 1st was a busy day for AOAT – first we participated as a stop on the Reseda Studio Tour, then students volunteered at the Canoga Park Youth Art Center’s annual Day of the Dead Festival. We provided free face painting and helped with other crafts for the throngs of families who attend every year. Then on Sunday, AOAT manned a booth at the Canoga Park Day of the Dead Street Festival, painting faces and selling baked goods as a fundraiser. These latter events are a favorite activity every year, with Ms. Rosillo teaching students how to paint authentic skull faces and supervising them at both venues. The payoff is the fun and fulfillment of watching the children – and parents – who line up for their special face creations. Students earn community service hours, but really they do it for the good feeling of giving back to our neighborhood.