November 05, 2010
One hundred twenty 5th graders from Lancaster Elementary School descended upon Rollins College on Friday, October 22, 2010 to participate in Pathways to College. A diverse group of students and departments came together to create an experience that provided these future scholars a taste of the learning atmosphere in college.
As soon as they arrived, the students were greeted by enthusiastic Rollins staff and students. “[Lancaster students] were in awe,” said Tocarra Mallard, Americorps VISTA in the Office of Community Engagement and one of the event planners. “The excitement never died down.”
The students enjoyed a campus tour, lunch and a session where they could ask and learn about college. Panel members included students and staff from all across campus. Perhaps the most exciting part for the students was when they learned they could travel abroad to places like Spain, China and Australia to study.
In what now has become a campus tradition, the coordinators of the event hoped that the 5th graders would not only look to pursue a college education, but build excitement for it and see that college is within reach. The smiling faces of the Lancaster students proved to the coordinators that they accomplished their goal.
By Ateesh Gupta (Class of 2013)
Office of Public Relations & Community Affairs
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