The Institute for School College Collaboratives is involved with a number of programs (including College Now) at Lehman College to help high school students prepare for the next stage of their academic lives. One such program is the TRIO Program, and my colleague Ms. Traci Palmieri informed me of some incredible work her students were involved with for National Trio Day. I will let Traci take over from here....
"I just wanted to take this time to share with all of you some information about National TRiO Day 2012. TRiO Day is a day when all the TRiO programs all over the nation perform a day of service. TRIO programs have been providing valuable supportive services to students from poor and working families to help them successfully enter college and graduate for over 40 years.
Lehman's high school TRiO programs include Talent Search and Upward Bound. Combined, the two programs serve 650 students every year. This year, our community service project was performed with our 9th grade students from four different Bronx high schools: Teaching and the Professions High School, Pelham Preparatory Academy, Astor Collegiate Academy, and International School of Liberal Arts. Students from these schools participated in a clothing drive and collected gently used women, men and children's clothes. On February 18, 2012, our students folded, sorted and packed up 15 boxes of clothes that were all donated. This year we donated the clothes to Part of the Solution( POTS) Soup Kitchen, Concourse House-a Shelter for women and children and to the New York Cares Program. In addition to the clothing drive, our students also created beautiful get well cards that will be donated to a children's hospital in Manhattan. Our program has performed Community Service Events before; however, never have I seen such a dedicated, committed and hard working group of students. Each and every student who participated in the event pitched right in to help and truly wanted to make a difference."
Director, Talent Search, Upward Bound & DYCD Program