Immaculata students set for day of giving back

The Chester County Food Bank and Habitat for Humanity are among the beneficiaries of the Immaculata University’s Macs Giving Back Service Project on Saturday, Aug. 27.

The entire class of 2020, approximately 230 students, 18 student leaders, 18 instructors, and several volunteers, will participate. Ten nonprofits, located in Chester and Delaware counties, will benefit from this all-day service project that has been at the crux of Immaculata’s Welcome Weekend and the First Year Experience (FYE) program, a university press release said.

Throughout the FYE program, which spans the entire fall semester, students will participate in at least one day of service, and create and implement a service learning project for their community partner. In November, the class of 2020 will present posters to fellow students, participating community members, and the entire campus community that culminate their semester-long service learning FYE project, the release said.

This year, the service trip complements the students’ reading of “Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption” by Bryan Stevenson. The book is a powerful true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us, and a clarion call to fix our broken system of justice. Stevenson is a lawyer and the founder of the Equal Justice Initiative.

“With the inclusion of a service learning component in the First Year Experience program, a best practice for the success of college students, students will have an opportunity to utilize their classroom knowledge to make a difference in their local community,” Sharmane S. Walker, director of Academic Success Services, said in the release.

The other beneficiaries of this year’s program are Safe Harbor, Exton Senior Living, Thorncroft Equestrian, Saint Rose of Lima Catholic School, The Arc of Chester County, Medal of Honor Grove/Freedoms Foundation, Friends of the Ridley Creek State Park, and Habitat for Humanity in Coatesville and Kennett Square, the release said.

 

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