AmeriCorps Celebrates 25 Years of Service

| October 16, 2019

KNOX, Pa. (EYT) – AmeriCorps held a 25th Anniversary Celebration of service to the community on Tuesday, October 15.

(PICTURED ABOVE: From Left – Bottom Row: AmeriCorps Members in their second year of service: Stephanie Kraft, Audrey Huddleston, Allison Richmond, and Abby Konyak. Top Row: Aaron Gray, Assistant Director PennSERVE: The Governor’s Office of Citizen Service; and Barbara Buzard, Thelma Rhoades, and Libby Hansford AmeriCorps Alumni from 1994. Barb and Thelma are retired staff of Keystone SMILES. Libby is currently the Service Learning Coordinator and House of Trades Program Supervisor of Keystone SMILES.)

(Photos by Dave Cyphert of ProPoint Media Photography.)

The event held at the Wolf’s Den Banquet Hall in Knox also observed the induction of the 2019-2020 AmeriCorps Members as Keystone SMILES’ AmeriCorps Class XXV.

The event recognized the accomplishments of Keystone SMILES and their partners over the past 25 years of service.

Joyce Fosdick, Executive Director at Keystone SMILES Community Learning Center, celebrates the 25 years of service with Aaron Gray, Assistant Director PennSERVE: The Governor’s Office of Citizen Service.

Since 1994, Keystone SMILES Community Learning Center has provided schools and other community based organizations with the National Service Resources needed to tutor, mentor and provide hands-on service learning programs aimed to increase academic engagement of students across their 10 county service region.

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Over the past 24 years, over 3,000 members have taken the oath to serve their country through the Keystone SMILES AmeriCorps Program and have provided academic support to 70,914 students in 18 school districts across 10 counties in NW PA. Service projects through the years have included the renovations and start up programs for homes for families, underserved communities with preschool program, and save havens for youth in afterschool and summer programs with meal, STEM, homework help, and positive mentors in depressed communities affected by unemployment, economics, and lack of services.

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For more information on Keystone SMILES AmeriCorps program, click here.


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