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

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

April 2, 2007 – Seventy-five 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 April 11.

The Southeast chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, an education honor society, is hosting the children’s “Reading is Fun “visit, themed “Dream Big!” 

“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 Southeast Missouri Regional Museum, Kent Library and Towers Complex to see a residence hall room and cafeteria. At Towers, they also will visit with Rowdy the Redhawk and Southeast student athletes.

While the children are in the University Center, they will visit a display – being called the “College Library” for the day – to select a free book. The books are the result of a Kappa Delta Pi sponsored book drive along with a $200 Reading is Fun grant awarded to the chapter. The grant allowed Kappa Delta Pi to purchase many of the books to be given to the children.

“The day’s events are designed to give these young children and understanding of what college is, what kind of jobs they can do with a college degree, and why it’s important to work hard now in school so they can go to college someday,” Ray said.

In addition to learning about college life, the students will visit a variety of activity stations in the University Center to learn about life after college. Kappa Delta Pi members will work with the children to help them learn about possible careers, including farmers, veterinarians, artists, doctors, teachers, police officers, chefs and astronauts.

To measure student learning from the event, Ray says the kindergarten students recently wrote about what they know about college.  After their visit to Southeast, they will repeat the writing activity, and teachers will compare the results.