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Moravian Joins United Way, BASD to Begin Community School Partnership with William Penn Elementary

BETHLEHEM, Pa. --- In an effort to further deepen Moravian College’s strong ties with the Bethlehem community, the College’s first-year president, Bryon Grigsby, agreed to a multi-year partnership commitment that will infuse hands-on learning and expertise into William Penn Elementary through collaborations with students, staff and faculty at both institutions. On May 29, in the William Penn library, Grigsby officially signed the Bethlehem Area School District (BASD) Board-approved memorandum of agreement that joins Moravian to the efforts at William Penn alongside the school district and the United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley (UWGLV).

The UWGLV is leading a regional effort that builds partnerships to bridge gaps in supports and services in high-need public schools through the Community School model. The power of partnership is fully demonstrated by mobilizing the strength of diverse partners to direct and dedicate resources and supports where needs exist. Moravian has now accepted the challenge to join the United Way Community School network.

“We, as a College, are delighted to join the efforts of the Bethlehem Area School District and the United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley to support William Penn Elementary,” said Grigsby. “We have always been excellent partners and this agreement furthers our commitment to our community schools. We welcome the opportunity to grow and learn together with their students, staff and administrators to make Bethlehem even stronger.” 

On hand for the signing were students from both Moravian and William Penn, as well as leaders from each key organization, including Joseph Roy, BASD superintendent, and Nate Stannard, principal of William Penn. Staff and faculty of William Penn have been critical to the preparations for successful implementation of the Community School model and were also present to witness the noteworthy agreement.

An official ribbon-tying ceremony launching the Community School effort is planned to coincide with the beginning of the school year and will likely include student/family participation, as well as input and well wishes from community leaders as a way to celebrate this new launch.

Moravian College is a private coeducational liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college and the first to educate women. Moravian emphasizes the deliberate integration of a broad-based liberal arts curriculum with hands-on learning experiences to effectively prepare its 1,600 students, not just for jobs, but for successful careers. Moravian College excels at transforming good students into highly competent graduates that are ready to enter the workplace with confidence or shine in graduate school. Visit the website at www.moravian.edu.