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Alternative Break Students Join PAL for a Week of Service

Towson University volunteers with Paley PAL kids

Paley PAL in Germantown is playing host to a group of Towson University students and staff participating in an alternative winter break trip this week. Michael, Corinne, Kaitlyn and Caitlin have spent every afternoon with PAL youngsters, helping them with homework and practicing for the upcoming 24 Math Challenge. The eager volunteers are spending the rest of their time in Philadelphia at the Philabundance Food Bank and sightseeing in the historical district.

This Philadelphia trip was organized by Towson University’s Alternative Break Connections (ABC). ABC leads community service-learning trips throughout the country during the University’s spring and winter breaks. These trips help students engage in active service, while providing the opportunity to gain new perspectives on society and meeting community needs.

Michael Schleicher is a senior at Towson University and Vice President of ABC. As the trip’s leader, he organized the trip – planning everything from the financial logistics to service activities (with PAL & Philabundance). Good luck to Michael as he enters his final undergraduate semester!

Corinne helps PAL youngster with 24 Math

Corinne DeRoberts, Coordinator of Community Service at Towson University, fell in love with service during an alternative spring break trip to New Orleans just after Hurricane Katrina. She immediately changed her future career goals to make a positive impact in the world. Currently, she facilitates short and long-term service events for the students, but loves to jump in and get her hands dirty too!

Kaitlyn Williams is a sophomore, participating in her first alternative break trip. She is an Education Major, so she is looking forward to spending time with the students and teaching them how to be 24 Math champions. Her expertise in educating children will be a real asset to Officer Pollard and the youngsters at Paley PAL.

Caitlin Stephens is a freshman who just completed her very first semester at Towson University. She is from the Baltimore area, and is enjoying her first trip to Philadelphia. She is a pediatrics nursing major who loves spending time with kids.

Alternative break trips are gaining popularity with college students across the nation. The Police Athletic League of Philadelphia is happy to host our Towson University volunteers and appreciate their work at Paley PAL and throughout the City.

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