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People to People Helps Students Gain Real Experience

Oct 23, 2017

People to People Helps Students Gain Real Experience

People to People, Rockland County’s largest food pantry, is partnering with  St. Thomas Aquinas College for the fall  2017 semester to provide communication arts students with the opportunity to conduct public relations and social media marketing in the real world.

Diane Serratore, Executive Director of People to people, stated “People to People is known for giving back to our community and we are so thankful to do exactly that in more ways than one.  I am so honored to be able to provide such key experiences for students in the local community and look forward to hearing all of their ideas.”  Serratore met with the class for an extensive client interview, during which, she expressed her goals for the organization.  Serratore will allow students to visit the People to People headquarters in West Nyack NY and share vital information about the non-profit with the students throughout the semester.

Professor Elaine Winship, who will be overseeing 45 eager students through this journey, remarked “I want to thank People to People for being so generous.  My students and I are excited to have the opportunity to apply the textbook to real world experience; all while doing good for the community.”  Public Relations students will be creating a comprehensive PR plan and executing this plan over the course of the fall semester. Social Media Marketing students will design engaging content plans for an interactive social strategy for the non-profit. Various clubs on campus will help with upcoming fundraisers and event.

Stephanie Gorman, a Communication Arts Junior at St Thomas Aquinas College who is involved in this partnership, exclaimed “I couldn’t be any more excited for this amazing opportunity.  It isn’t too often that you are able to build your resume while attending college.”  Gorman and her fellow classmates have plans to hold fundraising events and projects later this year to help with People to People’s holiday intitiative—Project Joy—a holiday food and gift drive to support struggling Rockland County families during the holiday season.

STAC's PR Class pictured with Professor Elaine Winship and Diane Serratore, Executive Director of People to People.

STAC's PR Class pictured with Professor Elaine Winship and Diane Serratore, Executive Director of People to People.

People to People, Rockland County’s largest food pantry, is partnering with  St. Thomas Aquinas College for the fall  2017 semester to provide communication arts students with the opportunity to conduct public relations and social media marketing in the real world.

Diane Serratore, Executive Director of People to people, stated “People to People is known for giving back to our community and we are so thankful to do exactly that in more ways than one.  I am so honored to be able to provide such key experiences for students in the local community and look forward to hearing all of their ideas.”  Serratore met with the class for an extensive client interview, during which, she expressed her goals for the organization.  Serratore will allow students to visit the People to People headquarters in West Nyack NY and share vital information about the non-profit with the students throughout the semester.

Professor Elaine Winship, who will be overseeing 45 eager students through this journey, remarked “I want to thank People to People for being so generous.  My students and I are excited to have the opportunity to apply the textbook to real world experience; all while doing good for the community.”  Public Relations students will be creating a comprehensive PR plan and executing this plan over the course of the fall semester. Social Media Marketing students will design engaging content plans for an interactive social strategy for the non-profit. Various clubs on campus will help with upcoming fundraisers and event.

Stephanie Gorman, a Communication Arts Junior at St Thomas Aquinas College who is involved in this partnership, exclaimed “I couldn’t be any more excited for this amazing opportunity.  It isn’t too often that you are able to build your resume while attending college.”  Gorman and her fellow classmates have plans to hold fundraising events and projects later this year to help with People to People’s holiday intitiative—Project Joy—a holiday food and gift drive to support struggling Rockland County families during the holiday season.

ABOUT PEOPLE TO PEOPLE

People to People, Rockland’s largest food pantry, is feeding Rockland’s hungry by providing more than 1,100 families with groceries, produce, dairy and meat or poultry products every month. In addition, People to People works to help an ever-increasing number of struggling Rocklanders through difficult times with dignity by providing clothing, school supplies, refurbished computers and other support. For more information, contact Diane Serratore at 845-623-4913 or at [email protected].

About St. Thomas Aquinas College

St. Thomas Aquinas College is an independent liberal arts college located on 60 acres in Rockland County, NY, which provides education at the undergraduate and graduate levels.  The College’s 2,800 full and part-time students can choose from more than 100 different majors, minors, specializations, and dual degree programs across three Schools: Arts & Sciences, Business, and Education.  The College is recognized by U.S. News & World Report in the Top-Tier for Regional Universities, by Colleges of Distinction in both its New York and Catholic editions, by Affordable Colleges Online as a top College in New York for Return on Investment, and is included as a Military Friendly School.  St. Thomas Aquinas College is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools; its School of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE); and its school of Business is accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE).