Students volunteer with children affected by tornadoes in Huntsville, AlabamaFour students from Penn State Berks traveled to Huntsville, Alabama on July 23, 2011, to work with grieving children who were the victims of several F4 and F5 tornadoes that tore through their community on April 27, 2011, leaving many homeless and traumatized.
The Berks Elementary Education seniors Pam Muthersbaugh, Boyertown; Kelly Putt, Birdsboro; and Jennifer Licwinko and Melissa Sauer of Phoenixville traveled with Jayne Leh, Assistant Professor of Math Education at Penn State Berks, as well as several community volunteers. The group is supporting the children through a week-long day camp in which they help children process through their grief through games, discussions, songs, and various activities.
The group is part of a team of volunteers from the Frieden’s Lutheran Church in Oley working at Camp Noah, a non-profit organization founded by Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota that serves children and communities who have suffered trauma and loss through disasters such as hurricanes, tornadoes, and flooding.
The Berks students received partial funding for their trip through the PSU4Kids campus organization.