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Penn State students repair bicycles during a Martin Luther King Jr. Day service project.

Penn State campuses partner on MLK Day service projects

Students from six Penn State campuses, including Penn State Behrend, participated in public service projects in Erie on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. They repaired bicycles, ran bingo games and sorted clothes at a community shelter.
Three Penn State students repair bicycles at the Sisters of St. Joseph Neighborhood Network bike warehouse.

MLK Day bikes

Shannon Josefoski, right, cleans a bicycle at the Sisters of St. Joseph Neighborhood Network in Erie. Josefoski, a student at Penn State New Kensington, was one of 50 students who participated in Erie service projects on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Two Penn State Behrend students paint a hallway during a MLK Day service project.

MLK Day painters

Will Taylor, an Americorps VISTA intern at Penn State Behrend, and Ashlyn Kelly, a senior at the college, paint a hallway at the Lodge on Sass, a transitional housing shelter in Erie. A total of 50 Penn State students contributed to service projects in Erie on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

MaryEllen Higgins answers a student’s question in class.

Restoring Africa’s forgotten films

Several classics of African cinema have been lost, discarded or forgotten. MaryEllen Higgins, associate professor of English at Penn State Greater Allegheny, attended the Africa in Motion Film Festival in Glasgow and Edinburgh, Scotland, where she presented on the importance of restoring Africa’s cinema archives.
Students bag meals for a community member.

Students bag thanksgiving meals at Free Store 15132

On November 14th during the grand opening of the Free Store students held a Thanksgiving drive for community members.

Free Store 15132 launch

Penn State Greater Allegheny opens their doors to the McKeesport and surrounding communities with the launch of Free Store 15132. The Free Store will supply customers with necessities, such as food and clothing, free of charge. 

Students bag a thanksgiving meal for a community member.

Repurposing to make a difference

As part of new campus initiatives to combat clothing and food insecurities in the Pittsburgh region, Greater Allegheny campus has opened Free Store 15132 to provide community members with necessities at no cost. The store will be managed by students through volunteer work, providing them with valuable real-world experiences.

Free Store launches at Greater Allegheny

Penn State Greater Allegheny opens their doors to the McKeesport and surrounding communities with the launch of Free Store 15132. The Free Store will supply customers with necessities, such as food and clothing, free of charge. 

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