Saint Francis celebrated its 3rd Annual Education Day on Tuesday, November 20. More than 1200 students from local elementary and middle schools attended.
The event, sponsored by SFU's Women's Basketball, is at the very heart of experimental learning and emphasizes the importance of branching beyond the classroom for our young learners, as well as illustrates how fun and exciting education can be. Dr. Tricia McFadden, Professor at the Shields School of Business and Faculty-Athlete Mentor for the women's basketball team, organized the event.
The day kicked off with a marketplace speaker forum where five professionals from the community shared their stories detailing how their paths through education led to their successful careers. Speakers included Mr. Chris Villarrial, SFU Head Football Coach and Former NFL Player, Mr. Kent Tonkin, Shields School of Business Professor and Musician, Chief Michael Sheehan of the Ebensburg Dauntless Volunteer Fire Company, Park Ranger Nathan Koozer, National Park Service, and Dr. Heather Mack, Physical Therapist and SFU Faculty.
Students then attended to be the SFU vs. Seton Hill Women's Basketball Game as VIP guests of the team. The Red Flash won 86-74.
Students in grades 3-6 attended from the following schools:
Cambria County Christian
Central Cambria Elementary
Blacklick Valley Elementary
Shields School of Business
Red Flash Women's Basketball
Faculty-Athlete Mentor Program