The Marywood University Chapter of the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NSSLHA) was pleased to have been awarded a $700.00 Community Service Grant from the NSSLHA Executive Council in the fall of 2009. Grant money received was used to support an educational project for the Scranton Lackawanna Human Development Agency (SLHDA) - Head Start. A matching donation of $700.00 was funded by money raised by the Marywood University NSSLHA Chapter.
NSSLHA members helped to raise money by sponsoring a clothing sale and a "Night at Cold Stone Creamery". All money raised and NSSLHA's matching gift, for a total of $1400, was used to purchase educational materials for approximately 10 Head Start centers in Lackawanna County. Materials were presented to Head Start representatives at the North Scranton II location in December 2009 by NSSLHA Chapter Officers.
Shown in the photo from left to right:
1st Row - Richard Thorne, Savannah Hazelton (Head Start students) and Trisha Liggeri (NSSLHA officer)
2nd Row - Jill Jones, Rachel Hoyt (NSSLHA officers), Jennifer Wolff (Head Start Special Needs Coordinator), Andrea Novak (CSD Clinic Director and NSSLHA Chapter Advisor), Lisa Gintoff (Head Start Special Needs Coordinator), Amanda White, Emily Fillman (NSSLHA officers)
As part of the Marywood University Speech and Hearing Club, many of our students participate in on- and off-campus events. Some of these events include fundraisers for the club itself, participation in on campus activities such as Kidstuff, Christmas giving tree, and club sponsored events for the students within the department.
Recently the club had participated in the Christmas Giving Tree. The club placed boxes around the department to collect holiday gifts for the needy. Following a holiday social for the department, the presents were delivered to the Campus Ministry department for distribution to the community.
The Marywood Chapter of NSSLHA, with the help of the club officers, Bethanie LeCureux, Bryna Rickenbach, Nina DePalma, and Shawn Sulllivan and advisor Andrea Novak, was awarded a $500 grant through the McKinley Regional Project. The funding was used to supplement the costs of the continuing education program School Age Language and Literacy: The Role of Speech-Language pathologists and Educators. This conference was sponsored by Marywood University Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders in April of 2008.
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