MNE students donate funds for kids' trip

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Students in the Physical Therapist Assistant Club at Mercyhurst North East presented a $100 donation this month to a local community group.

The funds will be used to provide supplies, healthy snacks and a field trip for local youngsters in the Grapevine TimeXchange Superstars on Saturdays program, which connects children with teachers for weekend tutoring.

The Grapevine TimeXchange, part of the national network TimeBanks USA, aims to strengthen the fabric of the community through a simple concept: When a person spends an hour volunteering his or her time for a local individual or group, that person earns a time credit. That credit can be exchanged for an hour of a neighbor’s time. Local residents can log their time or post requests ranging from arts and crafts to business and clerical services on the Grapevine TimeXchange website.

The PTA students raised the funds through numerous efforts including a basket raffle, T-shirt sale and massage-a-thon. For more information about the physical therapist assistant program at Mercyhurst North East, contact Janice Haas at 814-725-6305.

Photo: (L-R) Student club officers Therese Toth, Misty Jones, Stacey Henry, and Matt Schneider; Laurie Baker from the Grapevine TimeXchange; Janice Haas, PTA program director and assistant professor.

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