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Creativity Camp 2011

Date: 6/30/2011

Campers toured a Civil War ship as part of the 2011 Creativity Camp.

Participants in the Holleran Center for Community Engagement’s sixth annual Creativity Camp (for South Reading children) spent two full weeks discovering their own ‘super’ qualities, for this year’s camp: “On Land, Sea, and Air: Exploring Your Superhero Within.”

Throughout the two-week camp, 11-14 year-olds toured local areas such as the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum, Nolde Forest, and the Daniel Boone Homestead. In addition to exploring the superhero concept, campers studied cars, ships, and planes to complete the land, sea, and air experience of the theme.

Some of the ‘super’ experiences campers explored include a tour of the Civil War USS Constellation ship in Baltimore, Maryland, and fuel efficient cars at the Maryland Science Center. 

Most of the 25 Creativity Camp members are active participants in the South Reading Youth Initiative after-school program — a signature program of the Holleran Center for Community Engagement. 

Dr. Kim Stoudt, assistant professor of athletic training, served as a faculty instructor for camp, assisted by Holleran Center staff, and Alvernia students Heather Shainline, Danielle Cortes, and Kerry Boyle. 

The Holleran Center for Community Engagement will also facilitate a Junior Creativity Camp from July 11-15, for 7-10 year-old children.

The South Reading Youth Initiative (SRYI), is a free program designed for youth aged 7-14 who live or go to school in the South Reading area, provides after-school and summer programming supported by faculty, staff and students of Alvernia University. These programs have been generously supported by federal and state grants as well as local funders. Founded in 2006, the SRYI aims to promote continued education, mentoring and support for healthy choices through exposure to arts, culture and educational opportunities within Greater Reading.

  • History: Established as a private four-year liberal arts college in 1958, Alvernia celebrated its 50th year by being awarded university status in 2008.
  • Heritage: Founded by the Bernardine Sisters, a Catholic religious order, the university embraces the Franciscan core values of service, humility, collegiality, contemplation and peacemaking.
  • Motto: “To Learn, To Love, To Serve”
  • Campus: The main campus in Reading is 121 acres, with two satellite campuses in Philadelphia and Pottsville (Schuylkill County).
  • Location: Our residential campus is situated three miles from center-city Reading, in the scenic Blue Mountain area of Eastern Pennsylvania.
  • Enrollment: 3,000 students attend Alvernia including 1,500 traditional undergraduates, 600 continuing education students, and 780 graduate students. Over 77% of first-year students live on campus.
  • Faculty: Our professors are accomplished scholars, experts in their fields, and supportive mentors. The student-to-faculty ratio is 14:1. Most classes are 20 students or fewer.
  • Athletics: NCAA Division III, member of the Commonwealth Conference of the Middle Atlantic States Athletic Corporation and member of Eastern College Athletic Conference, 8 men’s and 10 women’s intercollegiate sports.