President's Newsletter July 2015

Community Engagement

Throughout this semester, Alvernia student working with the Holleran Center have supported Reading Collegiate Scholar/Olivet Boys and Girls Club college access programming, helping 77 high school students apply for and gain acceptance to colleges this year.

Over 50 Alvernia student volunteers, along with several community partners and Alvernia faculty/staff came together to host the annual Eco-Fun Day event at Angelica Creek Park for the 300+ 3rd-5th grade students from Millmont Elementary School. Students participated in hands-on activities that explored macro-invertebrates in the creek, microorganisms in the center and nature scenes in the community garden.

The Reading Collegiate Scholars program completed its first year on a high note: our initial cohort of students posted a combined GPA of 3.4! These and 10 additional scholars will begin a new academic year this fall, supported by 13 new program sponsors. Sponsor support both allows new students to enter the high school program that strives to increase college readiness and success for students in Reading and also supports talented Alvernia scholars with generous scholarships.

The South Reading Youth Initiative wrapped up programming for the spring semester, serving nearly 50 students each day at Millmont Elementary School. A dozen students were bused daily from St. Peter’s School in downtown Reading to continue our important and lasting commitment to the children at that school.

Community service continues to be a hallmark of Alvernia. Students reported over 26,000 hours of service through a broad range of organizations for the 2014-15 academic year.

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president's newsletter july 2015

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