First Book-Westminster to Host Children at Musical Oct. 19

Thursday, October 14, 2010

First Book-Westminster will host over 250 elementary school students for dinner and a performance of Strega Nona the Musical Tuesday, Oct. 19.

Beth Brooks of Westminster's Student Affairs Office will read Tomie DePaola's Strega Nona at the dinner and children will have an opportunity to meet one of their favorite characters before the show.

Members of First Book-Westminster will assist at the dinner, serve as ushers, and distribute copies of the book at the musical.

The event is a collaboration spearheaded by First Book-Westminster that includes the New Wilmington Rotary Club and Westminster's Drinko Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, Celebrity Series, and Sodexo Dining Services. A grant from the Caroline Knox Memorial Trust Fund will provide transportation and the meal and books that will be distributed.

First Book-Westminster is the local affiliate of a non-profit organization that distributes new books at no cost to needy children. In the past year, the local group has donated 1,000 books to schools and after-school programs in Lawrence and Mercer counties. Advisers are Dr. Eileen Morelli, Westminster associate professor of education, and Dr. Mandy Medvin, professor and chair of Westminster's Department of Psychology.

Contact Morelli at (724) 946-6035 or e-mail morellme@westminster.edu for additional information.

About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College is a top tier liberal arts college, a national leader in graduation rate performance, and a "Great School, Great Price," according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster ranked 38th among liberal arts colleges, according to the Washington Monthly College Guide, and is one of the most affordable national liberal arts colleges in Pennsylvania. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 373 Colleges" and "Best in the Northeast" by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President's Honor Roll for excellence in service learning.

Nearly 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty while choosing from 41 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit www.westminster.edu/advantage to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.

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