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Alvernia, Olivet's team up to help kids in Reading

By Liz Kilmer, Reporter, LKilmer@wfmz.com
Published On: Oct 18 2013 05:42:29 PM CDT

Alvernia, Olivet's team up to help kids in Reading

Reading students will soon receive extra help to succeed.

Starting this Spring, students part of the Olivet Boys and Girls club will be able to take part in a multi-million dollar mentoring program.

The initiative, run by both the Olivet club and Alvernia University, will help guide and tutor high school members as they prepare to graduate and go to college. According to Olivet Boys and Girls Club president Jeffrey Palmer, the plan is for 20 of those students to receive full-ride Alvernia scholarships.

"We're going to give them the opportunities to succeed but they'll have to work hard to do that," said Palmer.

 The plan is expected to cost nearly 10 million dollars, and help hundreds of students locally.

 "We have a special commitment to the local community. Our address is Reading, and so we care about education in Reading," said Alvernia University President Tom Flynn.

Local parents on Friday were overjoyed by the news. Barbara Brooks, a Reading mother of eight, described the program as a "blessing."

Lloyd McCauley, a father of two, told WFMZ he thinks the plan is "perfect."