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Veterans' Day program hosts students from McGlynn Learning Center
11-20-14
Campus Ministry at Misericordia University hosted more than 80 children from the McGlynn Learning Center in Wilkes-Barre for a special Veterans’ Day observance on Tuesday, Nov. 11. The program included a short film on the history and meaning of Veterans’ Day, a craft project of decorating red, white and blue flower pots, and a presentation by Staff Sgt. Oscar Flores, a recruiter with the U.S. Army National Guard’s 109th Artillery Unit. Staff Sgt. Flores, a Coughlin High School graduate who served his country in Kuwait and Afghanistan, spoke about what it is like to serve in the army. He also discussed the responsibilities of the Army National Guard to serve and protect the local region in times of war as well as during special circumstances, such as natural disasters.

The McGlynn Center is an after-school and summer program that provides academic assistance to children who live in the Boulevard Townhomes and Mineral Springs Village — two low-income family housing developments that are part of the Wilkes-Bare City Housing Authority.

Jeffrey Passetti, assistant director of Campus Ministry, Misericordia University, and Sister Eleace King, IHM, director, McGlynn Learning Center, coordinated the collaborative project. Misericordia University students from Campus Ministry, the America Reads-America Counts program, the Presidential Scholars program, the fourth floor of McHale Residence Hall, the McAuley Scholars House, and the Misericordia University Business Club assisted with the event.

“It has really been fun,” said Ambar Ramirez-Herrera, 11, of Wilkes-Barre, a student at the McGlynn Learning Center. “What did I learn? I got to ask him how he got all the medals he is wearing.”

For more information about Misericordia University, please call (570) 674-6400 or log on to www.misericordia.edu. Founded and Sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy in 1924, Misericordia University is Luzerne County’s first four-year college and offers 34 degree programs on the graduate and undergraduate levels in full- and part-time formats. Misericordia University ranks in the top tier of the Best Regional Universities – North category of U.S. News and World Report’s 2015 edition of Best Colleges and was designated a 2015 Best Northeastern College by the Princeton Review.

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Misericordia University student volunteers, Bailee Hymers, a first-year occupational therapy major from Oneona, N.Y., and Sarah Novalsky, a first-year occupational therapy major from Woodbury, N.J., standing from left, help McGlynn Center students Melanie Laureano, seated left, and Anyelina Laureano, seated right, complete a craft project during a special Veteran’s Day program at the campus in Dallas, Pa.

Misericordia University volunteer Stephen Wasilewski, a graduate student pursuing his master’s degree in organizational management from Ringtown, Pa., assists McGlynn Learning Center students Tajae Albritton, left, and Ambar Ramirez- Herrera, right, with a craft project as part of a special Veteran’s Day program at the campus in Dallas, Pa. Wasilewski is a residence hall director for the Office of Residence Life and is assigned to the Townhouses and Lower Campus residence facilities.

Misericordia University volunteer Bethany Killmon, a sophomore speech-language pathology major from Bridgeville, Del., helps McGlynn Learning Center students, seated from left, Leilany Ortiz, Alexis Altenor and Logan Garcia paint flowerpots red, white and blue as part of a collaborative Veteran’s Day program at the campus in Dallas, Pa.