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Statewide school to support neighborhood projects on MLK Day

Jan 8, 2018

The Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School has set up charitable community activities in regions across the state so its students, staff, families and administrators have ample opportunity to help others on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

“Our virtual approach to learning does not mean we don’t know how to roll up our sleeves and help our neighbors,” PA Cyber CEO Brian Hayden said. “Dr. King’s legacy gives us all – students, staff, families and teachers – a chance to focus on giving back in our own back yards.”  

The Day of Service projects range from crocheting hats for the homeless and making blankets for ill children to visiting and spending quality time with veterans and nursing home residents. PA Cyber will partner with a variety of nonprofit organizations throughout the day.

The specifics of the projects are as follows:

Beginning at 10a.m., PA Cyber staff will perform general cleaning and sort donations at the Sixth Street Shelter, 219 N. Sixth St., Allentown.

PA Cyber staff, students, families and friends will create no-sew blankets from 10a.m.-2p.m at the Erie regional office, 2215 W. 15th St., and deliver them to patients at the Shriner’s Hospital for Children. 

The American Heart Association’s Little Hats, Big Hearts drive will receive little red hats from volunteers who gather 10a.m.-2p.m. at the Greensburg regional office, 351 Harvey Ave., to crochet, knit and package them.

Staff from the Harrisburg regional office have invited PA Cyber students and families to join them from 10a.m.–2p.m. at Beth El Temple, 2367 N, Front. St., Harrisburg, where they will take part in the Central Pennsylvania MLK Day of Service by volunteering for Project Night Night.  

Staff, students, families and friends will spend the day crafting no-sew blankets and collecting toiletries to stuff Hats for the Homeless, 10a.m.–2p.m., 1553 Chester Pike, Suite 103, Crum Lynne. Collection boxes will remain in the office throughout January.

PA Cyber staff at the Pittsburgh regional office has asked students, families and friends to bring in toiletries, which they will deliver to the Light of Life Rescue Mission on MLK Day. Donations may be made until 3p.m. Jan. 12, The Brix at 26, 2600 E. Carson St., Pittsburgh.

State College
The State College regional office has joined United Way of Blair County to give volunteers an opportunity to sort and organize donations from 9-11a.m. at the St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store, 1215 7th Ave., Altoona.

The Wexford regional office is organizing students and staff to visit and participate in an arts and crafts session with residents of St. Barnabas Health System Nursing Home, 9:30a.m.-11a.m., 5827 Meridian Rd, Gibsonia.

PA Cyber serves students in all of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties. In spite of having a statewide reach, it maintains strong connections to neighborhoods and communities, particularly near its regional offices, through efforts like these.

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About PA Cyber

Serving students in kindergarten through 12th grade, the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School (PA Cyber) is one of the largest, most experienced, and most successful online public schools in the nation. PA Cyber's online learning environments, personalized instructional methods, and choices of curricula connect Pennsylvania students and their families with state-certified and highly-qualified teachers, and rich academic content that is aligned to state standards. Founded in 2000, PA Cyber is headquartered in Midland (Beaver County) and maintains a network of support offices throughout the state. As a public school, PA Cyber is open for enrollment by any school-age child residing in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and does not charge tuition to students or families.