Reading High students participate in Be a Penn Stater for a Day program

Students from Reading High School (RHS) visited Penn State Berks for the fifth annual Be a Penn Stater for a Day program April 10. The program is designed to encourage high school students to pursue higher education.

Ten 10th- and 11th-grade Penn State Educational Partnership Program (PEPP) students participated in the program. Each high school student was individually matched with a college student mentor for part of the day. The students experienced a typical day on campus with their mentor from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. During this time, the RHS students attended classes with their mentor, had lunch in the campus cafeteria, talked with faculty and staff, and visited various locations on campus.

In addition to the shadowing experience, the RHS students experienced a full day of activities including a continental breakfast, a Penn State Berks student presentation, a campus tour led by student Lion Ambassadors, an informal dinner and a bingo game with prizes.

The RHS students were selected by Penn State Educational Partnership Program (PEPP), an early-intervention collaboration between Penn State Berks and the Reading School District. The mission of the program is to enhance academic preparedness and motivation levels in its participants to pursue higher education. Offered at no cost to participants, PEPP plans, develops and implements education-related programs and activities for middle school and high school students. The PEPP partnership between the Reading School District and Penn State has existed for 23 years.

This is the first year that PEPP has operated under the Penn State Berks Office of Academic Affairs. In the past, PEPP was administered by the Penn State College of Education.

For more information, contact Guadalupe Kasper, PEPP Program Coodinator, at 610-396-6272 or via email at

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Last Updated April 11, 2013