Reading High students participate in “Be a Penn Stater for a Day” program

Students from Reading High School (RHS) will visit Penn State Berks for the fifth annual "Be a Penn Stater for a Day" program on Wednesday, April 10, 2013, from 9 a.m.?7 p.m. The program is designed to encourage high school students to pursue higher education. 

Ten tenth- and eleventh-grade Penn State Educational Partnership Program (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 RHS 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 RHS students will experience a full day of activities including a continental breakfast, a Penn State Berks student presentation, a campus tour led by student Lion Ambassadors, an informal dinner, and a Bingo game with prizes. 

The RHS students were selected by Penn State Educational Partnership Program (PEPP), an early-intervention collaboration between 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.

This is the first year that PEPP has operated under the Penn State Berks Office of Academic Affairs. In the past, PEPP was administered by the Penn State College of Education.?

For more information, contact Guadalupe Kasper, PEPP Program Coordinator, at 610-396-6272 or via e-mail at [email protected].