News Release

Britney Gulledge,
Public Relations Associate
320 DuPont Highway
New Castle, DE 19720

Wilmington University Student Taryn Roane Receives Philadelphia City Citation

Hard work and dedication pays off in prestigious city recognition.

Wilmington University student Taryn Roane has received the Community Education Award from the Philadelphia City Council for her commitment to educational leadership and community outreach.

In August 2011, Vare was labeled a "failing school." Roane was hired as its founding principal and helped to form the team that began the process of turning the school around and making it a safe place to learn. Today, Vare is recognized as a hub for the community and an academically focused learning institution. 

“I owe many of the university's professors and deans my most humble gratitude for their commitment to my educational experience,” says Roane, “The people I've learned from, the warm environment I've experienced, and the practical content I've been able to apply truly contributed to this acknowledgement from the community I serve.”

Taryn Roane received her bachelor's degree in Education, a master's degree in School Leadership, and is currently completing her doctorate in Educational Leadership at Wilmington University.

Some of the positive changes Roane and her team developed at Universal Vare Charter School include: 

o   The Food In-School Pantry in Universal Companies, where families can grocery shop inside the school. This endeavor feeds an average of 45-50 families each month.

o   Parenting Classes and family youth groups offered each week through the Families and Schools Together program.

o   An in-house behavioral health provider through Intercultural Services.

o   English Language Learner adult courses.

o   225 additional minutes of reading and math interventions.

o   College and GED courses through Harcum College.

o   An after school (activities) program.

o   An extended school year.

About Wilmington University

Wilmington University is a private, nonprofit university committed to providing flexible, career-oriented traditional and online undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degree programs and offering small class sizes, individualized attention and affordable tuition. For more information, contact Wilmington University at 302-356-INFO (4636), via email at or visit our web site at

Published: Thursday, February 27, 2014 - New Castle, DE