For Immediate Release
Further Information: Contact Joseph Giomboni
Public Relations Office, (570) 208-5958
August 30, 2011 - Fifteen King’s College students completed part-time AmeriCorps positions, performing a combined more than 4,500 hours of community service during the 2010-2011 academic year and earning money toward their college educations.
Program participants were: Jennifer Acuna, Lawrenceville, N.J.; Ariana Blackstock, Wyncote; Gabrielle Carbone, Pocono Lake; Justyna Cerefin, Burlington, N.J.;Tanya Cheeseman, Freeland; Robert DeLullo, Montoursville; Giancarlo DiLonardo, Hawthorne, N.J.; Heather Elphick, Pen Argyl; Christine Guarino, Oak Ridge, N.J.; Emily Kesselring, Hazleton; Kirstie Nicol, New Durham, N. H.; Madeline Schiminger, Forest Hill, M.d.; Carissa Smith, Scranton; Noemi Tlatenchi, Wilkes Barre; and Christopher Tobias, Wilkes Barre.
The students worked at a variety of sites in the Wilkes-Barre community, including the Commission on Economic Opportunity; tutoring students at Flood Elementary; and volunteering with the English as a Second Language program at King’s, Big Brothers/ Big Sisters, Slate Belt Nursing Home, and RHC McKinney Clinic.
King’s sophomore Emily Kesselring has volunteered at numerous local community service agencies through the Scholars in Service program, including Habitat for Humanity, Meals on Wheels, and the Salvation Army.
“I love volunteering because it allows me, for a brief period of time, to stop thinking about myself and focus more on others,” Kesselring said.
AmeriCorps, a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency, supports over 50,000 people each year who make significant service commitments. In Pennsylvania, many college students enroll in AmeriCorps through the Scholars in Service to Pennsylvania program.
Students involved in the program complete 300 hours of service in one year and receive an $1,100 Education Award from the Corporation for National and Community Service. They also receive leadership training and help recruit additional volunteers. As many as 15 students at King’s College will be eligible for these awards for the 2011-2012 academic year.
Since the beginning of the program six years ago, 48 King’s students have completed the program and were granted the scholarship award.
Scholars in Service to Pennsylvania is administered by the Philadelphia Higher Education Network for Neighborhood Development (PHENND) and is monitored by PennSERVE: the Governor’s Office of Citizen Service. AmeriCorps is a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service.
King’s College is a Catholic College sponsored by the Congregation of Holy Cross.