Penn State's College of Education tutors Hazleton One Students

Several students from Penn State's College of Education provided tutoring services to elementary and middle school students at Hazleton One.

Attached are the links to the Penn State articles.

Tutoring with tech: College of Education students guide English language learners

Tutoring through Technology: Education is Online in the College of Education

Columbine uncle brings Rachel's Challenge to city students

 Rachels Challenge pic

Rachel Scott knew she was going to die young.It wasn’t because she lived dangerously. She was just a 17-year-old high school student from a small town in Colorado.But Rachel wrote in her diary that she sensed she was going to die young and that her short life was going to have a positive impact on many lives.
About six weeks after penning the prophetic journal entry, Rachel was the first of 12 students to take a fatal bullet in the Columbine High School massacre in Littleton, Colorado, on April 20, 1999.
One teacher also died and 21 others were injured in one of the deadliest school shootings ever committed on American soil.
The shooters — seniors Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold — committed suicide in the high school library where 10 of their victims died.


'Rally in the Valley' benefits HIP


Joe Maddon welcomes golfers to HIP's First Annual, Rally in the Valley Golf Tournament held in partnership with the MLBPAA.

Published: October 10, 2014


 Joe Maddon’s Hazleton Integration Project has found a new friend — the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association.

Actually, several new friends.

Several MLBPAA members gathered on Thursday for the first “Rally in the Valley’’ golf tournament at Valley Country Club. They reminisced, played some golf and, of course, they talked baseball.

“It’s staggering how far we’ve come,’’ said Maddon, the Tampa Bay Rays manager, Hazleton native, HIP organizer and celebrity host for Thursday’s event.

“It’s great for the community, not only how we help this community,’’ he said, “but also help other groups replicate the same program in other cities in Northeastern Pennsylvania and in the rest of the country.’’


Community center to again operate after school program



The Hazleton One Community Center will operate an after-school enrichment program in conjunction with Penn State University for students in thrid through eighth grades beginning Sept. 15.

For the second consecutive year, the Hazleton One Community Center will operate an after-school enrichment program in conjunction with Penn State University.

Students enrolled in third through eighth grades can now apply. Applications are available at the Hazleton One Community Center, 225 E. Fourth St., Hazleton.

The program will begin Sept 15 and it is filling up quickly. Remaining slots will be selected on a first-come, first-served basis.

Last year, the centerbegan a unique, technology-based pilot program with PSU’s main campus in University Park.

Utilizing computers outfitted with Skype, 16 students from the center received individual lesson plans from education majors at the University Park campus.

This year the virtual tutoring program will be offered twice a week, effectively doubling the number of students who can participate.

In addition to traditional homework help, members of the Penn State University faculty in partnership with the community center have devised an enrichment curriculum focusing on math, literacy, science and the arts. Recreational activities will also be part of the program.

Arrival time is immediately after school and the program ends at 6 p.m. There is no fee to attend the program and children will also be served a hot meal, provided by the Commission on Economic Opportunity.

For more information regarding volunteer opportunities or to register a child, call the Hazleton One Community Center at 570-861-8081 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



Boxing legend ready to launch local program

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Former WBC and WBA World Heavyweight Champion Tim Witherspoon            


BY TOM RAGAN Published: August 24, 2014


A group of local people behind former heavyweight boxing champion Tim Witherspoon are getting ready to begin a boxing program at the Hazleton One Community Center in September.

Witherspoon, two-time former boxing champ, was a featured guest at the annual Unity in Our Community Day at the Hazleton Integration Project Center on Fourth Street on Saturday.

He said he is excited about bringing a boxing program to Hazleton.

“I can’t wait to get started,” Witherspoon said.

Witherspoon wants to help young men get on the right foot by teaching them to box and to respect themselves and others.

“I want (to) teach them to be gentlemen and help others out,” he said.

Jim Clement and Tony Scarcella are supporting Witherspoon in trying to get the boxing program.

About 61 youngsters have signed up, according to Scarcella.

“We’re trying to promote boxing,” Scarcella said.

Bob Curry, president of the Hazleton Integration Project, believes in Witherspoon they have the perfect guy to teach boxing and get it started in the Greater Hazleton Area.


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Your contribution is needed!

Make checks payable to "Hazleton Integration Project" and mail to:

Hazleton One Community Center
225 East 4th Street
Hazleton, PA 18201