College partners with Lauer’s Park Elementary School to hold programs

Penn State Berks is partnering with Lauer´s Park Elementary School for two programs: Bilingual students will visit Lauer’s Park to present a reading of "Huevos Verdes con Jamon" (Green Eggs and Ham) at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16. The college is also holding an activity book drive to benefit the Migrant Education Program (MEP) at Lauer's Park.

For the book drive, two specific activity books will be collected: "Big First Grade Workbook" and "Second Grade Big Workbook," both by School Zone Staff. Both books are available for purchase in the Penn State Berks Bookstore and will be collected through Oct. 12. Designated collection boxes are located in the lobbies of the Franco Building, Gaige Technology and Business Innovation Building, and Perkins Student Center. The books will be distributed when students visit Lauer’s Park on Oct. 16.

Both events are sponsored by the college’s Common Reading Program and the Center for Community Academic Engagement.

The idea behind the Common Reading Program is to not only foster a love of reading, but also to build a greater sense of community for incoming students by creating shared experiences with classmates. This year’s selected reading is "The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter — and How To Make the Most of Them Now by Meg Jay." The college community is basing programs, activities, lecture series events, and service opportunities on the book selection, including this event at Lauer’s Park.

For more information, contact Tara Beecham, lecturer in writing and coordinator of the Common Reading Program, at [email protected] or 610-396-6409.