Immaculata University Gives Back: Student service project kicks off Fall semester

On Saturday, August 28, the largest number of incoming students from Immaculata University will be helping the Philadelphia community by volunteering their time and talents by sprucing up two parks and a Church. To build upon the 2010 theme of the First-Year Experience (FYE) Program at Immaculata University, Personal Awareness and Sustainability, one third of the more than 400 new students will be traveling to Tacony Creek Park, another third of the student population will be headed to Cobbs Creek Park, and the remaining students will volunteer at the former Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM) Parish, now called the St. Katherine of Drexel Evangelization Center, in Chester, PA.
Partnering with the Philadelphia Parks Services, the First-Year Experience (FYE) Program at Immaculata University will help support a sense of community pride for the residents of the areas and also for the Immaculata students. In addition, the beautification and revitalization projects help make the neighborhoods brighter, cleaner, and safer places for children and adults. Students will be landscaping the two parks and creating walking trails through the park forest while the students at the Church will be cleaning, painting, and purging items from the kitchen and auditorium.
Katie Peters, manager of academic success services at Immaculata University, commented, "The transformation that these service sites will undergo is going to be incredible and I am thrilled that I can help facilitate that type of experience for our students. Hopefully this trip will allow the students to recognize their responsibility to give back and will continue to do community service for years to come."
Immaculata University, a Catholic, coeducational institution, is located 20 miles west of Philadelphia, south of the intersection of routes 30 and 352, between Paoli and Exton.

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