ATU Upward Bound Collects Toys for ACH

Students involved in Upward Bound programs at Arkansas Tech University collected and donated more than 200 toys to the Angels of Gold toy drive in advance of the 2018 holiday season.

The donated items will become part of the Arkansas Children’s Hospital toy closet. This marks the 13th consecutive year that students in the Upward Bound programs at ATU have contributed to the toy drive as their fall community service project.

Upward Bound is a federally-funded program that serves high school students with identified class, social and cultural barriers to higher education as defined by TRIO, a federal initiative created in 1965.

Students selected for the program must meet income guidelines as set by the federal government and/or be a potential first-generation college student.

The Upward Bound classic program at ATU serves students from the public high schools in Atkins, Dover, Hector and Lamar. ATU’s Upward Bound math and science program is for public high school students from Danville, Dardanelle, Two Rivers and Western Yell County.

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Photographed (from left-to-right): Arkansas Tech University Upward Bound students Brian Vang of Western Yell County, Sarah Soundara of Danville, Lissette Ventura of Danville, Anabel Galvan of Two Rivers, Kurt Penka of Dover, Mackenzie Watkins of Hector, Macy Brewer of Lamar, Keely Pack of Atkins, Kaylee Freeman of Hector and Luke Weber of Dardanelle.