Student-Organized 'CommUNITY Day' Exceeds Expectations

Published 11.02.2016

Human Services & Restorative Justice
Student News
School of Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications News

Penn College Police Officer Jen J. Bowers interacts with a costumed campus visitor.Picking their "spots" near the drive-inGuests try their hand at mechanized competition, courtesy of the Students Wildcats of Robotic Design.Members of the Williamsport Bureau of Fire display Engine 14-1 from the Old Lycoming Township Volunteer Fire Department.Power Rangers and a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle get comfortable for a photo.A "CommUNITY Day," intended to celebrate diversity and foster residents' connectedness with police, firefighters and emergency medical personnel, was held Saturday afternoon in the parking lot just north of Penn College's Bush Campus Center. Organized by nine human services students in D. Robert Cooley's Service Learning in Sociology class, the event was free and open to the public. "We surpassed our goal of having 200 children attend," said Ashley N. Irish, of Williamsport, an alumnus now enrolled in applied human services. "We had our intended interactions between the community and local agencies –  including Williamsport police and fire, Penn College Police and EMS. Through our event, we raised over $350 for the American Rescue Workers." Attractions included games, raffles, an auction, food and music, and a "trunk-or-treat" display of decorated cars and trucks.
Photos by Tia G. La, student photographer