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Empower Orphans Heads to St. John’s

Updated: Apr 16, 2019

Callie Freenock (sophomore)

In October, members from EO PSU volunteered at St. John’s Elementary School in Bellefonte. The members did a read along with Kindergarten – 3rd grade students and gave a presentation to the 4th and 5th graders. The presentation featured children ages 9-13 that have engaged in service activities around the United States. Then, the students from each grade created a To-Do list, which included small service activities they could complete in their community.

I worked closely with our Programming Director, Amelia Browning, to put this educational event together. While at St. John’s I helped with the 2nd and 3rd grade children. I was amazed by their enthusiasm to help others. It was truly wonderful to see everything come together.

Even though the college students were the ones running the event, we realized we had a lot to learn from these young children. One child even had a pedometer bracelet sponsored by UNICEF, which, in his words, “unlocked” meals for under privileged children with each 5,000 steps.

I am excited to continue expanding our educational program with EO PSU. I can’t wait to see how many children we can reach. As proof from St. John’s, they all have a lot to offer, even as 2nd graders.

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