April 09, 2010

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Bucknell University students are working with the Lewisburg Area Recreation Authority (LARA) on a fund-raising project in memory of two local children who drowned in the Susquehanna River last year.

Assunda Rotolo, 11, of Lewisburg, and her cousin, Les Davis Jr., 8, of Mifflinburg, were playing in the river near the Lewisburg Bridge when the accident occurred.

"In our multiculturalism and education class, we are studying the inequalities that exist around the world and within our own community," said Kylie Brandt, Class of 2010. "We have decided to respond to this tragedy by working to establish a fund for pool passes so more families can use the Lewisburg Community Pool. We are hoping that this project will continue to grow in future years, allowing more families to have access to this community resource."

The fundraiser will be a "fun run/walk" on Sunday, April 25, beginning at 5 p.m. in the Mathewson-Memorial Stadium at Bucknell. On-site registration for those 14 and under is $6 and $12 for adults, beginning at 4:30 p.m. the day of the event. T-shirts will be available for those who are pre-registered, while supplies last. Pre-registration is available by e-mailing Kara Weichler, race co-coordinator, at klw022@bucknell.edu.

Donations also are being accepted for the Pool Pass Project. Checks can be made out to LARA Pool Pass Fund and mailed directly to LARA at 629 Fairground Road, Lewisburg, PA 17837.

"We have been in contact with both Assunda and Les' parents, and they are both very pleased that there is an opportunity to honor these children and their memory with a program that they both would have enjoyed so much," said Brooke Lundy, Class of 2013.

"It's another example of some of the wonderful projects Bucknell students are coordinating to leave Lewisburg a kinder and more compassionate community," said Sue Ellen Henry, associate professor of education at Bucknell.

Contact: Division of Communications


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