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Wegmans' donation supports Carpe Diem Academy

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Thanks to a recent $5,000 gift from Wegmans Food Markets, Mercyhurst University's affiliate after-school enrichment program, Carpe Diem Academy, can now continue providing healthy snacks to inner-city students.

“Wegmans has been a big supporter of the Carpe Diem Academy from day one,” said academy director Amy Bauschard. “Wegmans has always been a willing partner, helping us expose students to healthy eating and providing innovative learning opportunities, like bringing in Wegmans chefs to teach the kids how to cook.”

“Part of our mission at Wegmans is to help make great meals easy so our customers can live healthier, better lives,” said Eric Weislogel, perishables area manager at Wegmans and a member of the academy's board. “We are proud to be associated with the Carpe Diem Academy and all they are doing to promote education and healthy living to a demographic in need.”

The academy was launched in 2012 with a $1.5 million grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Education to provide supplemental lessons in math, reading and the arts four days a week from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. In addition to the healthy snacks, which range from fresh fruits and vegetables to cheese and yogurt, students also receive dinner from METZ Culinary Management.

PHOTO: (L-R) Amy Bauschard, director Carpe Diem Academy; Bethany Coon, CDA teacher; William Kraus, CDA teacher; Thomas Gamble, Ph.D., Mercyhurst President; Eric Weislogel, Wegmans/W. Ridge Road; Jana Ranus, Wegmans/Peach Street; Leanne Roberts, Ph.D., associate dean, education.