Two Manhattan College Graduates Accepted Into the Lasallian Volunteers Program

Recent graduates Simon Leibovic and Rachel Swartz will begin a year of service with the Lasallian Volunteers later this summer.

Simon Leibovic and Rachel Swartz, two recent graduates of Manhattan College, are preparing to begin a year of service in the Lasallian Volunteers (LV) program. The program is committed to providing dedicated and trained volunteers to underprivileged schools and agencies of the De La Salle Christian Brothers.

Leibovic will be heading to Tulsa, Okla., in August to teach middle school science at San Miguel School, and will share his knowledge of science with his students. He graduated with a B.S. in chemistry in May and was also active on the College’s campus working as a technician for the Jasper Education Technology department.

“The Lasallian Volunteer program is important and meaningful to me because I feel that education is the cornerstone of any high-level society,” Leibovic said. “The fact that poor children are robbed of a high-quality education in this country is problematic and offensive to me, so any help I can offer to these children will gladly be given.”

“Simon is a very modest, gentle person, who is very considerate of others,” said Jianwei Fan, Ph.D., professor of chemistry at Manhattan College.

Swartz will travel to the Cristo Rey Jesuit High School - Twin Cities, in Minneapolis, Minn., later this summer to teach Principles of Language, a freshman English class.

“I will get the joy of teaching what I love, English, to a group of freshmen in a school that seems to really take an interest in each individual student,” said Swartz, who graduated with a B.A. in English.

While at Manhattan College, Swartz was an active participant in the College’s Campus Ministry and Social Action’s service program L.O.V.E. (Lasallian Outreach Volunteer Experience), and traveled to the Dominican Republic, New Mexico and Camp Reynal in Texas with the program. She also was a student teacher in the Bronx and Eastchester, N.Y., last year, a peer tutor for the College’s Writing Center, and a research assistant for an English professor during her time at Manhattan.

“In everything she does, Rachel adds the extra to the word ordinary and is an extraordinary teacher and person,” said Br. Raymond Meagher, FSC, assistant professor of education. “She is highly motivated and concerned about her own personal growth because she has a burning desire to make a difference in the lives of her students.”

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