Penn State New Kensington

New Kensington Police and YMCA Staff

"The easiest way to express our gratitude would simply be to say thank you to everyone that participated in this event and know that over the next year, there will be an excited kid at one of our Y sites using the items that you donated. We are humbled by your thoughtful generosity and look forward to seeing and hopefully sharing the smiles that are generated from your donations." - Michael Newell (center), chief executive officer of the Valley Points Family YMCA, to the Penn State New Kensington campus community after their "Cram the Cruiser" event, which benefited the YMCA's seven early learning and childcare sites. Sergeant James lane (far left), the campus' station commander, and Wesley Sheets (second from left), southwest district deputy chief, joined Newell and other YMCA staff to deliver the toys and donations collected from the event to the YMCA's branch in New Kensington.

Bonnie Lantz at Cram the Cruiser event

Bonnie Lantz, a community member and YMCA board member, drops off donations for Penn State New Kensington's "Cram the Cruiser" event on Dec. 11. The event, led by the campus' Police and Public Safety department, collected toys and items for the Valley Points Family YMCA's early learning and childcare departments.

YMCA employee with donated gift donation

A Valley Points Family YMCA childcare employee smiles as she holds up a miniature Penn State basketball hoop. The item was one of nearly 200 toys and items donated to the YMCA's early learning and childcare sites during Penn State New Kensington Police and Public Safety's "Cram the Cruiser" event.

New Kensington police at YMCA Early Learning Center

Sergeant James Lane (far right), Penn State New Kensington station commander, visits with children at the Valley Points Family YMCA's Early Learning Center in downtown New Kensington. Lane and Wesley Sheets, southwest district deputy chief, spent time giving the children police badge stickers before dropping off nearly 200 toys and other items collected during the campus police officer-led "Cram the Cruiser" event.

Wesley Sheets Holiday Gift Delivery at YMCA

Wesley Sheets, southwest district deputy chief for Penn State University Police and Public Safety, helps deliver toy and supply donations to the Valley Points Family YMCA's New Kensington branch location in downtown New Kensington. The donations were the result of the New Kensington campus' police officer-led "Cram the Cruiser" event on Dec. 11.

Sergeant James Lane at Cram the Cruiser 2019

Sergeant James Lane, Penn State New Kensington's campus police commander, places a gift in the campus police cruiser during the first "Cram the Cruiser" event on Dec. 11. The event helped the campus' Police and Public Safety Department collect nearly 200 toys and items to be donated to the local Valley Points Family YMCA early learning and school age childcare centers.


Emily McQuigg, left, Madison Sedilko, second from left and Holly Pringle, far right, pose with the Nittany Lion before spring commencement at Penn State New Kensington. The three graduates will earn their associate degree in radiological sciences from the campus, which is one of only two campuses at the University offering the specialized and accredited degree program focusing on x-ray. A full gallery from Penn State New Kensington's spring commencement activities can be found on the campus Facebook page.