Lincoln University Hosts Chester County Learning Center Students for a Day in the Life Campus Experience

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LINCOLN UNIVERSITY, Pa. — Fifteen enthusiastic high school students from the Chester County Learning Center spent a day on Lincoln University’s campus as part of an ongoing mentorship and recruitment project sponsored by the Department of Languages and Literature. The visit was coordinated by Sarye Huggins, president of Lincoln’s popular spoken word poetry club Infinite Supply of Passionate and Intense Talent—known as I.S.P.I.T.

CCLC is a school in Coatesville operated by the Chester County Intermediate Unit for students experiencing learning challenges due to temporary emotional or mental health issues. Their experience at CCLC prepares them to succeed in the next step of their education.

When asked about their visit to Lincoln, one student praised Lincoln for its collaborative and supportive environment and its tight-knit feeling of community, saying that “This is a place I would like to go.”

At the invitation of Marilyn Button, professor of English and chairwoman of the Department of Languages and Literature, the students benefited from the opportunity to get a firsthand look at what it’s like to live and learn on a college campus.

The students visited the Mary Dod Brown Memorial Chapel to learn about its history and attended an English senior seminar where they took notes and asked questions while they viewed senior research presentations.

Following the seminar, the students participated in an advanced poetry workshop taught by English professor Mahpiua Deas while working alongside Lincoln students on a poetry assignment. After a meal at the Thurgood Marshall Living Learning Center dining hall, Button led students to the Student Union Building for a tour of Lincoln’s television studio and the radio studio for WWLU 88.7 FM. CCLC students were allowed to give a shout out to their school and family on the radio.

Article by Anne Weber, Chester County Learning Center Reading Specialist