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BU Scholar Athletes to team up with West Middle School students for CFES Service Day

Community service project to take place Saturday afternoon at Danielle House

April 7, 2011

BU Scholar Athletes to team up with West Middle School students for CFES Service Day

America East Release

VESTAL, N.Y. – Binghamton University scholar-athletes will be teaming up with students from West Middle School to take part in the America East Conference/College For Every Student (CFES) service day on Saturday. The student service day will engage scholar-athletes from all nine member universities of the America East Conference with CFES scholars at partnering schools in a community service project, which range from beautifying school property to collecting food and shoes for charity drives.

College For Every Student, a national non-profit that helps underserved kids attend college, announced the service day with the America East Conference on Tuesday. The organization has created college-access partnerships with more than 500 schools across the country serving more than 100,000 students.

Scholars and their mentors will be cleaning up at Danielle House, a home for families visiting seriously ill patients at Binghamton-area hospitals on Saturday. The group will clean up the house, grounds and neighborhood streets and will return at a later date to do some planting around the house.

Through the CFES community outreach program, BU scholar-athletes serve as mentors to underserved kids at the middle school level. The college-student activities include tutoring sessions, joint community service projects and campus tours that often involve watching a collegiate athletic event.

During the fall semester, 25 student-athletes from various sporting teams at Binghamton University served as mentors to 40 students from West Middle School. Over the winter, scholars from West Middle School took a tour of Binghamton University. During their visit, the students received signed posters of the men’s and women’s basketball teams, listened to a presentation on sportsmanship and witnessed a men’s basketball game against Vermont.

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