Miranda Anthony ’18 (center) with volunteers Michael Mora-Brenes ’17 and Cynthia Hastings ’17 and their young learners.

Building a ‘Learning Bridge’

Miranda Anthony ’18, an English major and education minor, created a program to connect OWU’s future teachers with Delaware children who lack stable housing to encourage the children’s academic success.

“I wanted to enrich these children’s lives holistically,” Anthony says, “by creating a safe environment, both emotionally and physically, for them to do homework and, therefore, succeed in school.”

Anthony created the Learning Bridge after-school program after becoming involved over the summer with Family Promise of Delaware, a nonprofit organization that works to help homeless families achieve lasting independence.

“Ever since this summer, Delaware has begun to feel like home to me,” says Anthony, who hails from nearby Mansfield, OH, “so I don’t feel like I’m serving, I just feel like I’m growing further into the Delaware community.”