Local high school senior gives back through class project

Lauren Robitaille, a senior at Clearview Regional High School in Mullica Hill is currently taking a Humanitarian Studies course taught by Jen Satterfield. The class was assigned to think of and become involved in a service learning project and she immediately thought of creating a book drive. She reached out to the Volunteer Center of South Jersey, where they directed her to Families to College.

Lauren dropped off around 100 books from her book drive she created for her class service project.

The books included college prep and non-fiction books for Bridgeton High Schoolers who attend Families to College. A big thank you to Volunteer Center of South Jersey for directing Lauren to us!

Families to College at Rowan University

Have you heard about our visit to Rowan University? Bridgeton High School has off this Monday so spend your day off with us!

The Rowan University Field Trip will leave this Monday February 19th at 9:00am from the Campus Center located at 40 East Commerce Street, Bridgeton, NJ 08302, and return to the Campus Center at 5:00pm the same afternoon.

Families will tour the campus of Rowan University; learn about Rowan’s academic programs; meet professors, admissions counselors, university students; and observe campus life.

Rowan University, 201 Mullica Hill Rd, Glassboro, NJ 08028

Leaving: Mon. Feb. 19, 2018 at 9 a.m.

Returning by: Mon. Feb. 19, 2018 at 5 p.m.

Means of Transportation: Van and/or School Bus provided by FTC

Lunch will be provided by the University.

10:00 AMAdmissions Presentation
10:45 AMCampus Tour
12:00 PMLunch
1:15 PMStudent Panel
2:00 PMWorkshop- TBD
3:00 PMCampus Scavenger Hunt

If you plan to attend please fill out one side of the form in this post, take a photo of the side of the form that applies to you and email the photo/scan to ckealey@appelfarm.org and also return your signed copy to the Campus Center before the trip. Bus needs to leave at 9 a.m.

We can’t wait to have a FUN day with you and your family!


Families to College giving back for MLK Day

“Everyone has the power for greatness – not for fame, but greatness, because greatness is determined by service.” ~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Every summer, Appel Farm Arts & Music Center welcomes lots of creative young individuals, and strives to help them grow into their best selves. Campers should learn to value the concept of community and how to be a productive citizen, so it was only natural to invite alumni and friends to meet up with us at National Days of Service in the Philadelphia area and New York City. Appel Farm also provides programs for young people in local communities with Families to College, Pathways, and Arts Lab, so we wanted to be sure we stayed close to home as well.

Empower Bridgeton & FTC - MLK Day

In support of the M25/Code Blue Initiative, the EmpowerCorps Bridgeton members, along with a few of the students from Appel Farm’s Families to College* program, prepared food at Bethany Grace Church in Bridgeton. This project was special, as many of the program participants are passionate about the local homeless initiative. The volunteers provided something that many of those who frequent the warming station wouldn’t normally have the chance to indulge in; a hot, hearty breakfast of sausage gravy, biscuits, sausage links, scrambled eggs, toast, & orange juice. What a fantastic day of service it was for mentors and students to serve side-by-side.

Families to College participants learned so much, had amazing experiences, and connected with the community … all while growing as individuals and as engaged citizens.

*Appel Farm Arts & Music Center, United Advocacy Group, City of Bridgeton, and Cumberland County College are the four community partners in the Families to College initiative that cultivates family bonds and improves academic and employment success through a comprehensive whole-family mentoring program.