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Students From Rowan University’s AIM High Science & Technology Academy Volunteer At Pitman Manor

Recently, a group of high school students from Rowan University's annual Aim High Science and Technology Academy volunteered for the third year in a row at Pitman Manor. While the students and their coordinators were here on a service learning project, they stayed busy exercising with residents on Health Care 3 and playing BINGO with others in the auditorium. Sharon Yesner, Pitman Manor‘s Director of Volunteer Services, said she was first contacted by Andrew Perrone of Rowan’s Office of Service-Learning, Volunteerism & Community Engagement two years ago. The feedback from the students and coordinators over the last two years was so favorable that Pitman Manor was among the first places Perrone contacted when setting up volunteering opportunities in 2013. Yesner added that the students were very helpful and polite and seemed to enjoy the time they spent with our residents. “It was definitely a very good learning experience for the students and I know the residents liked having the young people here in our community. I think I can speak for all of us when I say we will be looking forward to having the AIM High Science and Technology Academy students volunteer here again next summer,” added Yesner. Project Coordinator Kara Ieva, who is an assistant professor in the Department of Educational Services, Administration, and Higher Education in Rowan's College of Education, said that during the four-week program the students will gain knowledge in science, technology, engineering and math and hone their leadership and college preparatory skills. The academy includes service learning projects (at locations like Pitman Manor) and tours of two New Jersey colleges. "It's an ideal program that helps prepare local high school students for the future," concluded Professor Ieva, "Aim High gives students the opportunity to developmentally adjust to college living, as well as learn how to balance collegiate academics and group social interactions."