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The Lackawanna Heritage Valley National and State Heritage Area (LHV) partnered with local universities and community groups in promoting trail stewardship along the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail. Through its Adopt-A-Trail Program, LHV works with groups of volunteers to conduct clean-ups and to monitor safety along the trail.

Penn Foster Career School is a founder and charter member of the Adopt-A-Trail Program. The program was designed by faculty members who were committed to making a difference in the community. More than 35 faculty and staff members came together in April to clean up trash along the Riverwalk.

On August 9 and 13, volunteers John Evanglista, Donald Lovenduski, and Carl Albright assembled and installed two benches at the Riverwalk across from Scranton High School. Penn Foster plans to continue its work with more beautification of the Seventh Avenue Trailhead. It plans to hold another trail clean-up in October.

‚??Penn Foster Career School is an historic Scranton Company. It pioneered distance learning for coal miners in 1890, and it is now one of the largest distance learning institutions in the world,‚?Ě said Natalie Gelb, Executive Director of the Lackawanna Heritage Valley. ‚??The school provides programs and services that are designed to meet the lifelong learning needs of the adult learner. We are delighted that Penn Foster‚??s employees have committed themselves to enhance the quality of life in our community by working with LHV to develop amenities for the Scranton Riverwalk.‚?Ě

LHV welcomes other community groups and businesses to join the Adopt-A-Trail Program. For more information about how to get involved, contact Owen Worozbyt, LHV‚??s Volunteer Coordinator, at 963.6730, extension 8212 or oworozbyt@LHVA.org.
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