David McDowell,of Millsboro, served as a volunteer for Alvernia University's Alvernia READS program last semester.

David McDowell, of Millsboro, served as a volunteer for Alvernia University's Alvernia READS program last semester.

The program is dedicated to promoting childhood literacy and improving academic achievement for underprivileged children. McDowell is a freshman communication major at Alvernia University who was also a work student in the Holleran Center.

Alvernia READS is one of several service-learning initiatives organized by the university's Holleran Center for Community Engagement.