Reading School District students to participate in "Be a Penn Stater for a Day"
Students from Reading High School (RHS) will visit Penn State Berks for the second annual "Be a Penn Stater for a Day" program on Monday, March 29, 2010 from 9:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. The program is designed to encourage high school students to pursue higher education.
Approximately thirty tenth-graders will participate in the program. Each high school student will be individually matched with a college student mentor for the day. The RHS students will experience a typical day on campus with their mentor from 10:00 a.m.- 3:00 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, an ice breaker session, an admissions and financial aid workshop, a campus tour given by student Lion Ambassadors, an informal dinner, presentations about Pennsylvania College Advising Corps-Penn State (PACAC), Penn State Educational Partnership Program (PEPP), and ASPIRE, an Educational Opportunity Program at Penn State Berks that supports students as they navigate their college career. In addition, the Office of Residence Life will offer a presentation titled "To Start Your Journey," and the day will end with a fun group activity in the Beaver Community Center.
The RHS students will receive a backpack upon arrival at the event filled with Penn State Berks items, information, and snacks and a "Be a Penn Stater for a Day" tee shirt, provided by the Student Government Association.
Half of the students were selected by the Pennsylvania College Advising Corps-Penn State (PACAC), an organization that employs Penn State graduates as college advisers at high schools through southeastern Pennsylvania, including Reading High School, to help juniors and seniors with the college search and application process.