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Penn State Mont Alto is committed to giving back to the community. Our students, faculty and staff are actively involved in outreach and service in the communties our campus services and beyond. Through programs for kids, camps to help high school student explore career options, seminars adn workshops for business leaders, or cultural events that are open to the entire community, we are committed to giving back where we live, study, and work!



Mont Alto Students Raised $14,659 for THON

Penn State Mont Alto sends two students and more than 20 supporters to the Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, affectionately referred to as THON, at University Park each February. Last year, the Mont Alto THON group raised $14,659 with half of it ($7,325) given by Chambersburg community members via collection cans at area businesses and to students canning on foot in the community. THON 2010 raised a record total of $7,838,054.36.

The students begin dancing at 6 p.m. on a Friday and are required to remain on their feet for 46 hours. THON is the largest student-run philanthropy in the world and had raised more than $61 Million for The Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Children's Hospital to fight against childhood cancer prior to the weekend event.

The Mont Alto participants were sponsored last year by the Potomac Valley Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association, APEX at Mont Alto and the Penn State Mont Alto bookstore. Quincy Panthers Midget Football contributed a $2500 donation. Mont Alto students collect community donations on four weekends between October and January at Starbucks and Walmart on Lincoln Way and at Gander Mountain at the Chambersburg Mall. “We are thankful for the outpouring of support from individuals in our community,” said Michele Coletta, Mont Alto’s campus nurse and THON adviser.

To see photos and videos from THON, visit http://live.psu.edu/story/44723.