University Scholars in Service Create Mural for Model Behavior at Elementary School


Six University of Scranton students are capping off their year as AmeriCorps Scholars in Service to Pennsylvania by leading an effort to paint a 50-foot mural that encourages positive behavior at Scranton’s Bancroft Elementary School.

The mural depicts children behaving positively in different situations. Its theme is part of a state program for promoting school-wide character education in which the elementary school is participating.

This project is the culmination of numerous initiatives completed by the Scholars in Service, each of whom has completed 300 hours of individual service in the community during the 2010/2011 academic year.

This year, the students have volunteered at Allied Services, Scranton Primary Health Care, Cancertacular, Clarks Summit Fire Company, West Side Senior Center, Infant Care at Covenant Presbyterian Church and St. Paul’s/St. Claire’s Food Pantry. The students have also assisted with other service opportunities, including several campus-wide initiatives, organized by the University’s Community Outreach Office, that benefit area residents in need, such as EFFORT (a food recovery program), Safe Trick or Treat in the residence halls and the Thanksgiving food drive, among others.

Scranton’s 2010/2011 Scholars in Service to Pennsylvania Award are: Kathleen Callahan, a senior majoring in counseling and human services from West Babylon, N.Y.; Sarah Cil, a junior majoring in exercise science from Fairfield, N.J.; Lauren DelleDonne, a sophomore majoring in nursing from Colts Neck, N.J.; Kelly Evans, a junior majoring in nursing from Noxen; David Hopp, a junior majoring in exercise science from Jarrettsville, Md.; and Katherine Juliano, a sophomore majoring in nursing from Warwick, N.Y.

This is the third consecutive year that University of Scranton students have been honored with this award. Each year more than 2,850 University of Scranton students perform well over 170,000 service hours.

The University of Scranton has been nationally recognized for its service efforts.

The University of Scranton was ranked 14th among the nation’s 50 leading service-oriented Master’s Universities in the September/October 2010 issue of Washington Monthly. Scranton is among the just 119 colleges in the nation earning the highly-selective 2008 Community Engagement Classification designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

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