READING, PA — Christine Hall, of Branchville, N.J., served as a volunteer for Alvernia University’s “Alvernia READS” program last semester. The program is dedicated to promoting childhood literacy and improving academic achievement for underprivileged children. Hall is an Early Childhood Education major at Alvernia University and was a Ready.Set.READ! Tutor in the program.
Alvernia READS is one of several service-learning initiatives organized by the university’s Holleran Center for Community Engagement. Working with the Greater Reading Cops ‘N Kids program, students help to get more books into the hands of underprivileged children and spend time with them, in order to provide an increased sense of confidence when dealing with schoolwork.
ALVERNIA is a fast growing Franciscan university, grounded in the Catholic and liberal arts traditions, that combines diverse academic opportunities with personal attention and an unmatched commitment to community service. Situated on a scenic 121-acre suburban campus in historic Berks County, Pa., the university supports a rigorous and caring learning community that is home to more than 3,000 students.