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September 2013

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Penn State Altoona Recognizes ISB, HealthSouth for Philanthropic Support of Summer Enrichment Programs

Area youth joined Penn State Altoona administrators at a special reception to express gratitude to representatives of Investment Savings Bank (ISB) and HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Altoona for philanthropic support benefiting the college’s summer educational enrichment programs.

Participants in Summer Kids’ College camps, including Sense-ational Endeavors, thanked executives and trustees of ISB and the leadership team of HealthSouth for opportunities to engage in a wide array of programs, while having fun and making new friends, on Penn State Altoona’s Ivyside Park campus.

Administered by the college’s Continuing Education and Training Office, Kids’ College offers a structured, stimulating and interactive environment in which children of varying ages learn through hands-on activities, explore their special interests in depth with nurturing instructors, and take the first steps along the exciting path of life-long learning.

The Sense-ational Endeavors camp is tailored to the needs and interests of children with disabilities. This camp combines sensory activities with physical movement and social skill development. In addition to therapeutic programs, campers engage in recreational activities and exercise tailored to their ability. All activities are modifiable for each child and his or her abilities, skills, and strengths.

“The philanthropic support of Investment Savings Bank and HealthSouth for Kids’ College and Sense-ational Endeavors not only inspires, but sets an example for all,” said N. Susan Woodring, Penn State Altoona director of development and alumni relations. “There can be no doubt that the generosity of ISB and HealthSouth changes lives and creates opportunities for the children who participate in Penn State Altoona’s educational enrichment programs. For that, the executives and trustees of ISB and the leadership team of HealthSouth merit the respect and admiration of our entire community.”

ISB has presented two major gifts to Penn State Altoona to support Summer Kids’ College through the creation of an endowment and to fund need-based scholarships for area youth. HealthSouth’s gift helped launch Sense-ational Endeavors in 2011.

Twenty-five percent of the 530 children who attended Kids’ College this summer received scholarships. This figure illustrates the critical importance of philanthropic support. Penn State Altoona sponsored two Sense-ational Endeavors camps: one for children ages 4-7 and one for children ages 8-12. Ten children were enrolled in each camp.

“Our hope is that campers take away a love for education and continue their journey of lifelong learning right here at Penn State Altoona,” said Sherri McGregor, Education and Training Specialist, who noted that 109 former Kids’ College campers were enrolled at Penn State campuses during the 2013 spring semester. “I know we are making a difference in children’s lives when I hear their laughter and sense their energy and excitement for learning.”

Private support for Summer Kids’ College is especially vital because it is a self-sustaining program. Penn State Altoona does not receive state funding for Summer Kids’ College. Gifts from individuals, businesses, and corporations to the program allow Penn State Altoona to accommodate annual requests for financial assistance received from families who cannot afford the full cost of tuition.

If you participated in one of Penn State Altoona’s summer camps when you were a kid and would like to tell us about the experience, please write to us at IvyLink@psu.edu.