Giving Back to the Community for the Holidays

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The Pennsylvania Migrant Education Program at Millersville University will be giving young children the greatest gift of all for the holidays: The gift of reading. The Migrant Education Program recently received a grant from Macy’s department stores central headquarters totaling $2,538.96. The donation will provide books for “Reading Is Fundamental,” which is a program that supplies free books to children to help develop their comprehension and literacy skills.

The Migrant Education Program distributing books to local migrant students.

The Migrant Education Program will distribute books to kindergarten through third grade migrant students in Millersville University’s region. The program will also visit the homes of migrant families and children that are unable to attend the program’s events.

“The donation will provide these children with a head start in life as they acquire much-needed English competency, language and literacy skills,” said Damaso Albino, director of the Migrant Education Program. “Migrant children are challenged by mobility, poverty and limited English-speaking ability. In addition, migrant children tend to have higher school dropout rates and lower self-esteem. This program assists migrant students and their families in overcoming the barriers created by their move into a new school district and community,” said Albino.

The Migrant Education Program includes the Allentown, Bethlehem, Reading, Lancaster region.

The program is always seeking volunteers to help out at events and during summer programs. For more information , or to learn how you can help, visit Millersville’s Migrant Education Program website  or contact Albino at 717-872-3678 or dalbino@millersville.edu.

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