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Matt Morgan speaks with a community member after his speech.

'Building Hope' with a vision and a grant

Beaver administration of justice instructor LaVarr McBride received a Schreyer grant, which he hopes will be "an opportunity to involve our students in hands-on criminal justice" and help crime victims and offenders connect and heal.
Sophomore Nick Pelino paints a handprint on a window.

Penn State Beaver paints the town

Penn State Beaver sophomore Nick Pelino puts a "paw print" on a window in Aliquippa's business district on Saturday, Aug. 20. As part of New Student Orientation, Pelino joined Beaver’s Class of 2020, community members and artists to clean up, and add color to, a few blighted city blocks along Franklin Avenue. Theevent was a collaboration between the campus and the Franklin Center, an organization that provides human services, outreach and referral services to low-income and unemployed Beaver County residents.

Sophomore Nick Pelino paints a handprint on a window.

Penn State Beaver paints the town

Nearly 100 students and staff members from Penn State Beaver gathered in Aliquippa to clean and paint a few blighted city blocks.
Penn State students pose in a business window.

Paint the town window dressing

Penn State Beaver junior Alexa DiPietrantonio and freshman Logan Jones take a break from cleaning to have a little fun, posing in the window of the karate school in Aliquippa. DiPietrantonio, a resident assistant, and Jones, a new student, joined fellow Penn State students and staff, community members and artists to clean up and add color to a few blighted city blocks along Franklin Avenue on Saturday, Aug. 20.

Penn State Beaver freshman Nicole Pastorino paints a wooden pallet.

Paint the town pallets

Freshman Nicole Pastorino chose the Penn State Beaver because she wanted a small, community-minded place to begin her college career. Pastorino got her first taste of that community on Saturday, Aug. 20 as she joined fellow Penn State students and staff to clean up and add color to a few blighted city blocks along Franklin Avenue in Aliquippa.

Two students clean a window with rags.

Paint the town cleaning

Two members of Penn State Beaver's Class of 2020 clean the windows of the notary office in Aliquippa. The pair joined fellow Penn State students and staff, community members and artists to clean up and add color to a few blighted city blocks along Franklin Avenue on Saturday, Aug. 20.

Members of the volleyball and softball teams paint bricks on a building in Aliquippa.

Paint the town sports teams

Members of Penn State Beaver's softball and volleyball teams adopt an abandoned building in Aliquippa's business district, giving it a lively new look. The teams joined fellow Penn State students and staff, community members and artists to clean up and add color to a few blighted city blocks along Franklin Avenue on Saturday, Aug. 20.

Sophomore Nick Pelino paints a handprint on a window.

Paint the town handprint

Penn State Beaver sophomore Nick Pelino adds a "paw print" to a window in Aliquippa's business district. As part of New Student Orientation, Beaver’s Class of 2020 joined fellow Penn State students and staff, community members and artists to clean up and add color to a few blighted city blocks along Franklin Avenue.

Matt Morgan speaks with a community member after his speech.

Matt Morgan Building Hope Today

Matt Morgan, founder of Building Hope Today, is hoping to create an organization that advocates for victims of childhood sexual abuse.

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