TU Alumni Association awards three community grants

Band Together, Race to Read and Students Sharing Coalition together received $2250 in funds

TOWSON, Md. (March 27, 2009)—The Towson University Alumni Association has awarded grants to two Towson alumni and one Towson student in support of their efforts to help their communities. “In these tough economic times, it’s important we still do what we can—maybe more important,” said Jennifer Pawlo-Johnstone, director of alumni services for TU’s Office of Alumni Relations.

Community grant recipients for 2009 are:

Robert Powers ’79 (Music Education), of Baltimore, Md., who received $1,000 for Band Together. Created in 2005, Band Together repairs and cleans donated musical instruments and then lends them to Harford County Public School students in grades 4 through 12 whose parents cannot afford to rent or buy an instrument. The child receiving the instrument may play as long as he or she is involved in the HCPS music program.  In the 2007–2008 school year, 117 students received Band Together instruments.

Patricia Protin ’88 (Elementary Education), of Crofton, Md., who received $250 for Race to Read, a new program at Glendale Elementary School in Anne Arundel County. Race to Read will invite students from kindergarten through fifth grade to run laps around a “track of books” to exercise their bodies; then they will select a book from the track to exercise their minds.  The program will include student teachers from Towson University as well as school faculty and volunteers.  The grant money will help to purchase books for the program, which the students will receive at the end of the program.

Kathryn Faris ’10 (Business Administration) of Cockeysville, Md., who received $1,000 on behalf of the Student Sharing Coalition, a Baltimore organization that provides meaningful service learning and civic engagement experiences to Baltimore school students from diverse backgrounds. Faris’ grant will support the coalition’s Annual Spaghetti Dinner; last April’s dinner served 300 homeless individuals and families. Students from 17 Baltimore area schools are volunteering for this event.






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