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Spring Hill College and Wilmer Hall announce education program partnership

Spring Hill College’s Albert S. Foley, SJ Community Service Center and Wilmer Hall are excited to announce the launch of the Max Miller Education Program in January 2018.

The program will provide educational support for over 100 Mobile County middle school students at Chastang-Fournier K-8 School, Palmer Pillans Middle School and the Mobile County Training School. The Max Miller Education Program will bring Wilmer Hall’s successful Education4Life program model to the tutoring program at these schools which have been coordinated by the Foley Community Service Center for the past five years.

“This is an exciting opportunity to combine the best of the Foley Center and Wilmer Hall, both of which have had a long-term commitment to providing educational support to at-risk youth,” said Erik Goldschmidt, PhD, Director of the Foley Community Service Center. Tutoring in all subjects will be provided by Spring Hill College students under the direction of Jacqui Virgil, EdD, who is also the director of Wilmer Hall’s Hamilton Education Program at Williamson Prep Middle School.

The Education4Life program has a 100 percent graduation rate in the 10 years since its inception. The program engages students, tutors, schools, teachers and parents to ensure that the children in our community have the tools they need to achieve academic and life success. Wilmer Hall currently serves 65 - 70 children and young adults in five programs, three of which are residential. With the addition of the Max Miller Education Program, the historic institution will be serving roughly 170 students in six programs at any given time.

The Foley Community Service Center coordinates weekly community service of over 500 Spring Hill College students each year through 50 non-profit partners in the Mobile community. Last year, these students completed over 27,000 hours of service in the Mobile community, mostly through tutoring and mentoring at schools or in after-school programs.

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