Kindergarteners to Experience a Day in the Life of a College Student at Southeast

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

March 9, 2006 – Eighty kindergarten students from Jefferson Elementary School will have the chance to experience “college” life for a day when they visit the Southeast Missouri State University campus March 15.

The Southeast chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, an education honor society, is hosting the children’s visit, themed “Oh, The Places You’ll Go!” based on the Dr. Seuss book about children’s unlimited potential.

“Many children have never visited a college campus and do not have any concept of what college is,” said Dr. Julie Ray, Kappa Delta Pi chapter counselor and assistant professor of education at Southeast. “This field trip is designed to give children a vision for their future, including earning a college degree.”

The kindergarteners will tour the Southeast campus, visiting Academic Hall, the University Center, the University Museum, Kent Library and Towers Complex to see a residence hall room. They also will tour the Student Recreation Center and visit with Rowdy the Redhawk.

In addition to learning about college life, the students will visit a variety of activity stations to learn about life after college. Kappa Delta Pi members will work with the children to help them learn about possible careers, including farmers, artists, dentists, nurses, doctors, teachers, police officers, fire fighters and chefs. The students also will visit a “University Bookstore” station where they will get to pick out a new book to take home, and they’ll receive goody bags full of Southeast souvenirs.

Southeast’s Kappa Delta Pi chapter received a Reading is Fun grant from the Kappa Delta Pi national headquarters to help fund the project. The $150 grant will cover the cost of the new books to be given to the children.