Landis Center for Community EngagementEaston Mayor Salvatore Panto Jr. will proclaim Oct. 19 as Landis Day in honor of the College’s commitment to the community through various research projects, engagement programs, and volunteer hours.

A celebration will start at 11:30 a.m. on the Quad (or Marlo Room inside Farinon if it is raining).

That day will mark a merger between the College’s Landis Community Outreach Center and Center for Community Engagement (CCE). Historically, Landis was focused on developing active citizens and student leaders while CCE was focused on community-based learning and research.

Better together, the two programs will unite their partnerships, programs, and people. Landis Day festivities reflect the community-focused nature of their work.

Fifth-grade students from Cheston, March, and Paxinosa schools will partner with Lafayette students to assemble care packages for mothers who are part of St. Luke’s Nurse Family Partnership, a program that works with first-time, low-income mothers to improve pregnancy outcomes, child health and development, and enhance the economic self-sufficiency of the family. The care packages contain various toiletries.

Guests will enjoy lunch while Mayor Panto, Lafayette College President Alison Byerly, and Easton Area School District Superintendent John Reinhart address all who have gathered to celebrate.

Finally, all will break tile for what will become a framed mosaic, a collaborative art piece that symbolizes the strong connections among the College, school district, and community through Landis projects.

The Landis Center was named for John Landis ’39 in June 1999. Dedicated to college-community partnerships that contribute to the wellbeing of our local and global communities, the Landis Center has students, faculty, and staff devoting 20,000 hours across 29 community-based courses, 30 weekly service programs, and single-day service projects.

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