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PEPP Institute Travels to the Pennsylvania Latino Education Summit

News release about PEPP's involvement in the Pennsylvania Latino Education Summit

Approximately twenty Penn State Educational Partnership Program (PEPP) students from Reading High School will attend the Pennsylvania Latino Education Summit on Tuesday, Dec. 11 at the Penn Stater Hotel in State College. The two-day summit begins Dec. 10.

Reading School District administrators will participate in one of the workshop panels for the event.

kasper.jpg PEPP program manager Guadalupe Kasper, who serves on the Governor's Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs (GACLA), said she believes it's important to have PEPP students represented at the summit to give them an opportunity to address specific issues related to their experiences as students in the Reading School District, as well as to learn more about the educational opportunities for Latino students. Kasper served on the summit's planning committee.

PEPP is an educational partnership under the auspice of the Penn State College of Education. The program encourages academically underrepresented youth to pursue their full academic potential. Offered at no cost to participants, PEPP plans, develops, and implements education-related programs and activities for middle school and high school students. PEPP's core goal is to prepare its participants for higher education.

Learning assistants, who tutor the PEPP students, are undergraduate students from Penn State Berks and are traditionally hired from the ranks of the college's Elementary and Kindergarten Education majors. The learning assistants provide help to PEPP students with homework completion and accuracy, study-skill development, and individual and social growth.

PEPP operates in three Pennsylvania School Districts: McKeesport, Philadelphia, and Reading. The Reading site has the highest Hispanic population, so its program includes a variety of educational activities that highlight the vast Hispanic culture, history, and achievements. The Reading site operates out of the Penn State Berks campus under the management of Kasper, who also teaches anthropology at the college. Reading has five sites within the School District: four middle schools and the district's high school. On any given PEPP day (Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays), approximately forty students participate per site. Students who successfully complete the PEPP Program are guaranteed admission to Penn State.

For more information about the summit, please contact Kasper at 610-396-6272 or e-mail at