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The Class of 2017 made its mark even before
setting foot inside a classroom. Volunteering
at 11 Catholic schools in the area, nearly 300
IU freshmen and first-year students spanned
the city to clean, paint and prepare the Catholic
schools for opening day.
About 30 students went to each location. Sites
included West Philadelphia Catholic High School,
St. Rose of Lima, Our Mother of Sorrows/St.
Ignatius of Loyola, and St. Francis Cabrini Re-
gional Catholic School, all in West Philadelphia;
St. Anthony of Padua Regional Catholic School,
St. Monica’s School, St. Pio Regional Catholic
School, and St. Thomas Aquinas School, all in
South Philadelphia; and Visitation BVM School,
St. Malachy School, and Our Lady of Port Rich-
mond Regional School, all in North Philadelphia.
This year’s First Year Experience (FYE) service
trip complements the students’ Common Reader,
, which chronicles the journey of a
visionary priest who in 1968 recruits 20 African-
American men to the College of the Holy Cross
and changes their lives and the course of history.
“Immaculata is thrilled that our students had
an opportunity to be exposed to such a com-
pelling story of service as in
to offer them the opportunity to give back to a
variety of wonderful schools,” commented Leah
Leddy, M.S., IU’s director of Academic Success
Services and coordinator of the FYE service trips.