PVHS Students Explore Careers, Volunteerism

More than 1600 students participated in Tuesday’s event, which also featured presentations on financial literacy and bullying.


Perkiomen Valley High School sophomores, juniors and seniors spent Tuesday morning participating in a Career and Volunteer Fair, in which dozens of local businesses and organizations presented a glimpse into their fields.

Morning Action News Anchor Matt O'Donnell was a hit among students, who also had an opportunity to speak with workers in various trades, armed forces, beauty salons, physical therapy, and others.

Students experienced the school's volunteer portion of the fair for the first time this year.

The idea is to introduce students to the many service opportunities that exist locally, according to Patti Colucci, Graduation Project and Career Elective Coordinator at Perkiomen Valley High School.

“I’ve gotten a lot of opportunities here that haven’t ben available before,” said student Connor Whitson, who is looking to complete his Eagle Scout Project. 

Students heard from organizations looking for volunteers such as the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Alex’s Lemonade Stand, Perkiomen and Collegeville Fire Companies, and the Trappe Historical Society, among others.

“We had a lot of volunteer interest and we are excited to have people help with upcoming fundraising events,” said Susan Wendell of  “Happy 2 Be Home.”

In addition to the career and volunteer fairs, students also took in panels and various topics, including bullying, financial literacy, and career acquisition and retention.

Lee February 26, 2013 at 08:48 PM
I'm torn because it is really super to get kids to think about others and gain empathy/awareness, buuut I hear the term "volunteerism" and I get worried it is being over stressed. Notice the "individual" and their pursuits more and more are being categorized as somewhat "selfish"? I pray that public schools are not trying to subtly condition kids into accepting national civic service. Very clever behaviorial scientists at work.
Jennifer February 27, 2013 at 06:11 PM
They need to volunteer for their senior project
Bridget Ingraham February 27, 2013 at 06:33 PM
Jennifer.... I couldn't agree more !!!


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