18 Agassiz Circle
Buffalo, NY 14214
1880 S. Winton Rd.
Rochester, NY 14618
As Medaille’s civic classroom, the city of Buffalo continues to provide opportunities for students to contribute to innovative, beneficial projects. Two that stand out are centered within the northwest quadrant of the city, at the Riverside Institute of Technology and the Northwest Buffalo Community Center (NWBCC).
In fall 2010, Medaille began an initiative with Buffalo Public Schools that will follow freshmen at Riverside High School through their senior year. Divided into learning academies, students will choose tracks in health care, finance, or entrepreneurship. With instructional support from Medaille, students within the entrepreneurship program will participate in specially designed activities that complement their regular classroom learning.
At the NWBCC, a partnership that began in September 2010 grew into a diversified set of activities that Medaille and the Center formally approved in April 2011.
RoseMarie Marranca-Neri ’88 BSED is the educational coordinator/ liaison, a position made possible through AmeriCorps. "[In terms of] literacy in all aspects, Medaille students have shown their enthusiasm, skills and knowledge at every turn," said Marranca-Neri. "Students have begun many programs themselves as well as providing essential assistance in the Center’s youth programs."
Projects within the Center’s Lawn Avenue facility involve Medaille students, specifically within areas of financial education and literacy. As a snapshot of what is occurring within the walls of the Lawn Avenue facility: undergraduate education students tutored elementary students after school; the Future Teachers Club held holiday parties and presentations for students at the Center; and, graduate students pursuing a master’s degree in literacy held their class at the Center and offered a book club for middle and high school students each week.
This content originally appeared in the summer 2011 issue of the Medaille Magazine.
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