The Second Mile awarded five Kutztown Area High School students and one faculty mentor scholarships to attend The Sovereign Bank Second Mile Leadership Institute in State College in April.Major underwriting of the Institute comes from lead sponsor Sovereign Bank and Corporate Partner State Farm. Safe schools are created through student team-building among diverse populations, and The Leadership Institute is a conference designed with that as its goal.

High schools send teams of students representing the diversity of their student bodies to learn leadership skills and to develop strategies for working cooperatively toward a common goal and making positive improvements in their schools and communities.

As an outgrowth of their participation in the Institute, the Kutztown Area team of Rosealie Dimaggio, Janelle Geist, Seth Gottlund, Matthew Messersmith, Alexa Sicher and faculty mentor Amy Howard are organizing a walk-a-thon.

During the Leadership Conference, the Kutztown team created the walk-a-thon project intending to raise money for an outdoor track. The team hopes that through hosting the walk-a-thon and other "mini-fundraisers" they will raise proceeds to benefit the track.

Founded in 1977 by Penn State's Defensive Coordinator, Jerry Sandusky, The Second Mile provides its nine prevention, early intervention, and community-based programs and services free of charge to more than 100,000 Pennsylvania children annually. Funding for all of The Second Mile's programs is made possible through the generosity of corporations and businesses, such as Sovereign Bank, State Farm, community organizations, foundations, and individuals.

For information about supporting Second Mile programs or about having a team from your high school attend The Sovereign Bank Second Mile Leadership Institute, contact The Second Mile at 814-237-1719.

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