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'This is Penn State' celebrates Bridges to Prosperity's sharp minds, big hearts

Over the summer, 10 Penn State students traveled to La Candelaria, Panama. By the time they left, the students constructed roughly 40 percent of the bridge including all of the excavations, six of the tiers, all of the cable work and two of the anchors. Two months later, local villagers completed the project. Image: Zach Banachowski
November 29, 2016

Penn State is full of bridge builders — from instructors connecting students with new insights to researchers linking data to practical solutions. But the students in Bridges to Prosperity areliterally building bridges.

The latest episode of “This is Penn State” spotlights the sharp minds and skilled hands of Bridges to Prosperity (B2P), Penn State’s student chapter of a national organization that has built more than 200 footbridges to connect remote communities with essential health care, education and economic opportunities.

Over the summer, 10 Penn State students traveled to La Candelaria, Panama, creating a lot of Nittany Lion fans in Central America. In this episode, past B2P President Hannah Greider explains why B2P is a life-changing experience for both the students and the villagers.

"This is Penn State" is a web series offering a slice-of-life look at Penn State. Each new episode is featured on Penn State News, Penn State's YouTube channel, University social media and WTAJ's "Central PA Live." 

The previous episode, a look at Blue Band drum major Jimmy Frisbie, has been viewed more than 6,100 times.

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