College of Education Hosts Emma E. Booker Elementary Students for Special Event

Colorful self-portraits expressing “What I Can Be With a College Degree” will be displayed in the USF Sarasota-Manatee College of Education beginning February 27, 2015. The art was created by 5th graders at Emma E. Booker Elementary School in a collaborative initiative to help them understand and visualize their future careers.

Colorful self-portraits expressing “What I Could Be With a College Degree” will be displayed in the USF Sarasota-Manatee College of Education beginning February 27, 2015. The art was created by 5th graders at Emma E. Booker Elementary School in a collaborative initiative to help them understand and visualize their future careers.

SARASOTA Fla. (February 24, 2015) – The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee College of Education is working with fifth grade students at Emma E. Booker Elementary to create original works of art entitled “What I Could Be With a College Degree”. A reception introducing the display will be held in the USF Sarasota-Manatee College of Education from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on February 27th.

“What I Could Be with a College Degree” is a collaborative effort to promote the value of higher education among students that are culturally, linguistically, racially/ethnically and socioeconomically diverse. It grew out of the College of Education’s Partnerships for Arts Integrated Teaching (PAInT) Center, which infuses the arts into all teacher preparation. Emma E. Booker Elementary School serves as a host for USFSM’s teacher candidates completing their internships to promote future educators to work with diverse students and encourage their growth and success through professional development and community service.

To prepare for the display, students were assigned homework researching different state universities to see what college degrees were offered and which would interest them. They researched how long it would take to acquire that degree, what clothes they would wear in that profession, what tools they would use and what type of salary they would earn once they were working in that field. Each student drew an image of themselves working in that profession, which helped the young artists express their creativity.

“It is our pleasure to present the self-portraits of the 5th graders at Emma E Booker Elementary as they envision the future with a college degree,” said Dr. Marie Byrd, associate professor in the College of Education. “The artwork will grace the hallway of the College of Education at USF Sarasota Manatee for the next year.”