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Berks partners with Olivet children for Schuylkill River Trail and park cleanup

READING, Pa. — Penn State Berks students, Olivet Boys and Girls Club children, and community members will join together to clean up Baer Park and a one-mile section of the Schuylkill River Trail from 4 to 6:30 p.m. on Friday, April 20. The rain date is Friday, April 27.

This event continues a collaborative effort between the Penn State Berks Center for Service Learning and Community-Based Research, the City of Reading, the Olivet Boys and Girls Club, the Friends of the Schuylkill River Trail in Northwest Reading, and a new partner — the Penn State Berks Student Government Association (SGA). The goal is to maintain this one-mile section of the Schuylkill River Trail, from the River Road trail head across from Baer Park to the Buttonwood Street Bridge, as a safe green space for the Reading community to enjoy. 

The project began in the spring of 2015 and has continued with cleanups and events held each semester. The overall goal is to foster the students’ and children’s love of nature and conservation, while working together as a team to beautify the park and trail.

Penn State Berks students, faculty and staff members, as well as members of the community, are encouraged to join the clean-up. The group will meet at the Schuylkill River Trail intersection with River Road across from Baer Park. For directional purposes, use 825 River Rd., Reading, PA 19601. Parking is available on River Road and the streets surrounding Baer Park. 

For additional information, contact event coordinator Michelle Hnath, program assistant in the Center for Service Learning and Community-Based Research at 610-914-7595 or MAH629@psu.edu.

About the Center for Service Learning and Community-Based Research
The Penn State Berks Center for Service Learning and Community-Based Research supports faculty who involve their students and community partners in collaborative, impactful work. Service learning and community-based research are two instructional strategies that contribute to community well-being and simultaneously enrich students’ course learning. Since its founding in 2010, the Center has facilitated more than 40 academically grounded college-community partnerships. Going beyond conventional concepts of public service that emphasize a one-way process in which the University transfers its expertise to the community, service learning and community-based research is a commitment to sharing and reciprocity, partnerships and two-way streets defined by mutual respect among the partners for what each brings to the table.

About the Schuylkill River Trail
With 60 miles of completed trail, the Schuylkill River Trail stretches from Pottsville to Philadelphia. The trail is used for biking, hiking and other outdoor activities. Trail users can also utilize the river for fishing, kayaking and, in some areas, motor boating.