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Students participate in “Camp Noah” to aid victims of fall 2011 flooding

Penn State Berks students, under the guidance of Jayne Leh, Assistant Professor of Special Education at Penn State Berks, and Pastor David Hershey, campus minister, are offering support to children affected by the flooding in the Nanticoke, Pennsylvania community in the fall of 2011 through Camp Noah. The camp runs from June 25–June 29, 2012.

Eleven students from Penn State Berks traveled to Nanticoke as part of Camp Noah. The students include Bryann Cave, Samantha Formoto, Kelsey Green, Sara Hall, Chanell Jones, Krisandra Livingston, Matt Marchini, Dominic Nadel, Jeanine Snow, Thomas James Marsden IV, and Melissa Sauer.

Approximately fifty children in first through sixth grades will participate in the camp, which was designed by Lutheran Social Services. St. John’s Lutheran Church in Nanticoke has offered their facilities for hosting the camp.

According to Leh, Camp Noah is therapeutic but not therapy. College students serve as teachers for the children. Curriculum is designed to help the children gain a sense of support and hope as they recover from the trauma they experienced as a result of the floods in the fall of 2011. Penn State Berks students will help the children recover and progress by processing their loss through art, music, games, songs, and discussion exercises, in a caring and supportive environment.

Last year, four students from Penn State Berks joined with the Friedens Lutheran Church’s Camp Noah team from Oley, traveling to aid children in Huntsville, Alabama. This year represents an initial effort to assemble an annual camp, which will be hosted by a team of student volunteers, under the direction of Penn State Berks leadership.

For more information, call Leh at 610-396-6413, or contact Leh via e-mail.
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