FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Oct. 9, 2009
Contact: Macaulay Knight Whitaker
Local students experience college life at MUW
COLUMBUS, Miss. – Sale International Studies Magnet School students recently received their first taste of college during Kids ‘N College, an enrichment program sponsored by the Sale and the department of education at Mississippi University for Women.
Approximately 85 students in kindergarten through fourth grade took part in the program as a part of the Success Days in their new extended school year.
“I believe this program enhanced their understanding of college academic course offerings as well as social involvement activities on campus,” said Phillip Cockrell, director of student life at MUW and guest speaker for the program. “Hopefully this program can provide long lasting mentorship opportunities between students and our student leaders on campus.”
MUW teacher candidates planned and directed learning experiences such as a “Wax Museum” in which they became authors and characters from children’s literature, a multicultural day and a historical figures day. Students participated in math storytelling experiences, aerobic exercises and a shape walk photography experience for the younger students.
Students in grades two through four spent a day at Plymouth Bluff Center engaged in activities directed through the biology department. Students also interacted with MUW campus student leaders to talk about what it was like to attend college and toured buildings on campus.
“The partnership has enabled MUW teacher candidates to gain valuable hands-on experience working directly with children while providing meaningful, unique out of the classroom learning experiences for the children,” said program director, Dr. Sue Jolly-Smith.
Photo caption: The Kids ‘N College event concluded on Friday, Oct. 9, with a celebration reception for parents and guests where students presented information about what they had experienced.
Pictured: Dr. Del Phillips, superintendent for Columbus Municipal School District with two students or with Dr. Limbert.