HAZLETON — A nature park has always existed amid trees, rocks and berry bushes on the city’s eastern edge.
Volunteers just had to uncover it.
Since the Hazleton Integration Project started creating the nature park a year ago, the volunteers have dragged out enough brush to make a pile as long as a mobile home and half as high.
The Afterschool Scholars Program enrolls students in grades K-6, with a special club program for middle school students in grades 7 & 8. The program operates Monday through Thursday from 3:30-5:30 p.m.We dedicate 45 minutes of classroom instruction each day to helping our scholars get a good start on their homework.
Afterschool scholars in 4th through 6th grade are invited to participate in the Virtual Tutoring program, a partnership with Penn State University's College of Education. Each HIP scholar is partnered with a pre-service teacher from Penn State - University Park who is training to become a certified teacher in Pennsylvania. The tutors and scholars meet once per week for one hour for a total of 18 weeks throughout the academic year. During tutoring sessions, the Penn State tutors assist scholars with their homework and other school assignments in addition to leading educational activities that demonstrate research-based competencies for supporting language learners across the academic curriculum
The Hazleton Integration Project is a community-based effort that seeks to unite the people of many different cultures who now call Hazleton home. The project is the brainchild of Hazleton native and Chicago Cubs Manager Joe Maddon, who has been named Manager of the Year three times and who recently managed the Cubs to their first World Series tittle since 1908.
Maddon and HIP leaders believe that diversity can be a city’s greatest strength and through interacting with different cultural groups we develop a greater understanding of our common humanity while learning to appreciate our cultural similarities and differences.
For our efforts the Hazleton Integration Project was awarded the 2014 Human & Civil Rights Award from the Pennsylvania State Education Association.