BU’s Upward Bound students learn through involvement

For immediate release: July 25, 2007

BLOOMSBURG — High school students taking part in Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania’s TRiO Upward Bound program this summer recently learned about personal development through community involvement.

TRiO Upward Bound held its first “United to Serve” Day on Saturday, July 7. Students involved in the program traveled to seven local sites for a day of service in the community.

“The theme for this summer’s TRiO Upward Bound program is ‘discovering diversity,’ so we wanted students to discover diversity in their own community through service,” said Kate Bauman, program director of Upward Bound.

Groups of five to seven students and Upward Bound counselors volunteered with the following: Bloomsburg Town Park, Bloomsburg Area YMCA, Bloomsburg Health Care, Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble, Community Friendship Meal, American Red Cross blood drive and the Children’s Museum. Activities included weeding and watering flowers at the Town Park, reading poetry and short stories at the Bloomsburg Health Care and serving spaghetti and garlic bread at the Community Friendship Meal.

“The site hosts had activities ready and they were very helpful,” said Bauman, adding that the students attended a talk about community service led by academic coordinator Jennifer Cughan before taking on the volunteer activities.

According to Bauman, TRiO Upward Bound has received positive feedback from both site hosts and the students. She hopes United to Serve Day will become an annual event, growing to include new locations and sites.

“We’d like to do this again; it was such a valuable day. The students got so much more out of this program then just the volunteer hours,” said Bauman.

“Some students spend more then one summer with us, so we’d like them to learn something new every year,” she added.

TRiO Upward Bound provides high school students with opportunities and assistance in exploring their potential for academic, social and personal growth. Its purpose is to provide equal access to post-secondary education for high schools students by giving them adequate preparation. BU’s Upward Bound program serves students in Berwick, Bloomsburg, Mahanoy Area, Milton, Minersville, Mount Carmel, North Schuylkill, Pottsville, Shamokin and Shikellamy high schools.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Professional Studies, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.