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Building for Tomorrow introduces first-year students to community service

The Penn State Berks Building for Tomorrow program, part of the Outdoor Adventure Program that helps first-year students transition to college life, began on August 14, and ran through August 16, 2012. During that time, incoming students learned civic responsibility, rehabilitating the surrounding community and broadening cultural horizons through community service.

On August 14, incoming students prepared lunch at Opportunity House, the Reading emergency shelter. Later that day, they volunteered at the Humane Society of Berks County. On August 15, they worked at the Greater Berks Food Bank in the morning and participated in the Reading Hospital Volunteer Program in the afternoon. On the final day, the group volunteered with Habitat for Humanity.

“Building for tomorrow is a great opportunity for incoming students to get a jump start on their college experience, build friendships with one another, and make a significant impact on the Berks community,” explained Kelli Meyer, Student Activities Coordinator. “Their enthusiasm this week has been very impressive. They've approached each day with a fervor and determination to really make a difference. I'm look forward to seeing them all become leaders within the campus community in the coming years."

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