College hosts Reading High students for "Be a Penn Stater for a Day" program

Students from Reading High School and will visit Penn State Berks for the fifth annual "Be a Penn Stater for a Day" program on Wednesday, April 2, 2014, from 9 a.m.?6 p.m. The program is designed to encourage high school students to pursue higher education.

Tenth- and eleventh-grader Penn State Educational Partnership (PEPP) students will participate in the program. Each high school student will be individually matched with a college student mentor for part of the day. The students will experience a typical day on campus with their mentor from 10:00 a.m.?3:30 p.m. During this time, the high school students will attend classes with their mentor, have lunch in the campus cafeteria, talk with faculty and staff, and visit various locations on campus.

In addition to the shadowing experience, the students will experience a full day of activities including a continental breakfast, a Penn State Berks student presentation, a campus tour led by Penn State Berks Lion Ambassadors, and an informal dinner.

The Reading High School students were selected through the Penn State Educational Partnership Program, an early intervention collaboration between the Penn State Berks and the Reading School District. The mission of the program is to enhance academic preparedness and motivation levels in its participants to pursue higher education. Offered at no cost to participants, PEPP plans, develops, and implements education-related programs and activities for middle school and high school students. The PEPP partnership between the Reading School District and Penn State has existed for twenty-three years.

PEPP operates under the Penn State Berks Office of Academic Affairs. For more information, contact Guadalupe Kasper, PEPP Program Manager, at 610-396-6272 or via e-mail at [email protected].