CAV Pride teaches children to reach higher

By Cristin Marcy
September 26, 2002

Cristin Marcy

CAV Pride, a community service group dedicated to helping children, recently went to the Don Guanella School that specializes in developmentally and emotionally challenged youth. CAV Pride strives to help underprivileged children and to relate to their emotional needs. In just one afternoon, eight students and two faculty members were able to be a friend to a child and put a smile on their face for at least that afternoon.

During this outing on Saturday, Sept. 14, members of CAV Pride had the benefit of participating in a fun-filled day of soccer, kickball and basketball with many exceptional kids. Members were able to assist children with autism, Attention Deficit Disorder and physical challenges through the games by helping them around the bases or just being a team member. In the afternoon, Cabrini students lent a hand and the pool area of Don Guanella was cleaned for the session and ready to be closed. Cabrini students where eager to mop the deck, wipe down the walls and clean the windows.

CAV Pride works with many children who either do not have families or a safe place to go on the weekends. Seeing new people and making new friends is a joyous and wonderful occasion for them. Christa Angeloni, sophomore and CAV Pride co-president said, “You could sleep in until two and waste most of your Saturday, or you could get up a little early and experience what it is like to change the life of a child.”

The Don Guanella School has a long-standing relationship and history with Cabrini College. Annually, the new freshman class visits the school as part of the Day of Service. Chris Burke, a former student of Don Guanella and television star of “Life Goes On,” first started his acting career on the stage here on Cabrini’s campus. The students of Don Guanella also have taken delight in many nights here at Cabrini, laughing and smiling with the Improv Troupe.

CAV Pride was started three years ago and was designed and dedicated to working with children and guiding them in any possible way. An essential part of CAV Pride is for participants to interact with the community on a level that is both comfortable to the community and the participants. CAV Pride has a brilliant array of activities planned for this year, such as arts and crafts with the Community Action of Delaware County located in Chester and caring for children of domestic abuse homes while their mothers are receiving counseling. There are opportunities to get involved with Big Brothers/ Big Sisters and a chance for tutoring and mentoring at the George Washington Carver Center and Urban Bridges along with more trips to the Don Guanella School.

“CAV Pride is something everyone should take part in just once, and experience what they can mean to a child for just a few hours,” junior and CAV Pride co-president Liz Malgieri said.

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