Reading High students participated in 'Be a Penn Stater for a Day' program

READING, Pa. — Students from Reading High School (RHS) visited Penn State Berks for the eighth annual "Be a Penn Stater for a Day" program from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 5. The program is designed to encourage high school students to pursue higher education.

Tenth- and 11th-grade students spent the day at the college, with each high school student individually matched with a college-student mentor for part of the day. The students experienced a typical day on campus with their mentor. During this time, the RHS students attended classes, ate lunch in the campus cafeteria, talked with faculty and staff, and visited various locations on campus. 

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 27 years.

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