October 22, 2009
Nearly 150 kindergarten, first, and second grade students from Fern Creek Elementary in Orlando visited Rollins for Pathways to College Day on Tuesday, October 21.
After a warm welcome by the Office of Community Engagement staff, President Emeritus Thaddeus Seymour performed his Magic of Science show for the students. Following the show, students were divided into groups and took tours of the Rollins campus, including the Tiedke Concert Hall, Knowles Chapel, Alfond Sports Center, Cahall-Sandspur Field, Olin Library, and the Cornell Campus Center. The children also spent time on Mills Lawn learning about Science in a personal way through hands-on experiments within each of their groups. After a sack lunch, the children attended an improv show performed by the Rollins Improv Players (RIP).
The Fern Creek teaching staff, who served as chaperones for the visit, spoke highly of the day’s events. In her third year of volunteering for Pathways to College Day, Fern Creek teacher Judy George compared this year’s event to previous years. “Each time it’s a little different, which makes it interesting, even for volunteers. Rollins has figured out which science experiments and tours benefit the children most,” said George. “What we as teachers have been trying to do this year is to communicate to the kids the fact that college students live where they go to school. It’s not like elementary school, where they go home to their families at the end of the day. College students eat, sleep and live at school, which is an entirely new concept for most of them!”
For Angel Emmanuelli, a veteran teacher of 32 years who was recently hired as a Physical Education coach for Fern Creek, the best part of the day was the smiles on the children’s faces. “It’s hard to find a job nowadays, but I love working with the kids here,” he said, with a smile. “They have great potential.”
Rollins’ faculty from the science department and The Office of Community Engagement sponsor Pathways to College with the hope that children see both college and science as a part of their future.