On Thursday, November 4th approximately 50 5th grade students from Rogers Garden Elementary School in Manatee County will visit the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee. The students will arrive at 10:00 am take a tour of the campus, which includes the career services, fitness center, Jonathan’s Café, the College of Business, College of Arts & Sciences, College of Education, School of Hotel & Restaurant Management and classroom. The students will complete their day with a photo and lunch in the courtyard.
Students from the College of Education PRIDE (Promoting, Recruiting and Increasing Diverse Educators) Group will lead the tours for the visiting 5th graders.
Rogers Garden is one of three Professional Development Schools in partnership with USF Sarasota-Manatee. Students working toward a degree in Education do their internships, observations and student teaching in these Professional Development Schools, which also includes Ballard Elementary School and Daughtrey Preparatory School of Arts & Sciences.
Catherine Day, a Recruiter in Student Services at USFSM facilitates the visits for local 5th grade students and believes they are an important way to teach young children that attending college is an attainable goal and that they can receive a degree from a prestigious university right in their hometown. “It’s important for 5th graders to begin to plan their education and career futures, especially given that they will soon be entering middle school,” she says. “It is important for them to envision what a university education looks like and can be.”