What Do You Have When You Have Hundreds of Fifth Graders on a College Campus? Phuture Phoenix!

Courtesy: Green Bay Athletics
Release: October 19, 2011
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Each fall, UW-Green Bay hosts its Phuture Phoenix program. More than 1,400 area fifth-graders from 26 elementary schools in 10 Northeastern Wisconsin school districts visited campus last week. Phuture Phoenix Day is a coordinated effort to inspire academic success and alert children to educational opportunities beyond high school. Students tour the university and are invited into dozens of classrooms. They also get to meet coaches and student-athletes, play some pick-up games as well as get autographs! Monica Anderson writes more about the experience she had last week:

By Monica Anderson

Phuture Phoenix is a class on campus that holds an event every year in which students from local grade schools get to come on campus and experience a "Day in the Life" of a college student. 

The students get to tour campus and sit in on classes to get a good idea of what Green Bay, as well as college in general, are like. This helps get them excited for college and learn what opportunities they have after high school. When the students come into class they can observe what a typical college class is and ask questions. In a few classes, professors set up activities so the Phuture Phoenix could interact with Green Bay students. 

Not only do the Phuture Phoenix tour the campus and visit classes, they also get to have fun with student-athletes in the Kress Center. The basketball team had a hoop out to play with the students and our team set up a volleyball net and got to show off a few skills and get students interested in Green Bay volleyball. The students were all really eager to learn more about volleyball and college life. We taught them some basic skills and played students vs. players. We also signed autographs for them. It was fun to get to know them and answer all of their questions.

The students really enjoyed their time on campus. We even had a few of them ask us to sign their shirts when we saw them in the cafeteria. It was great to see their excitement and know that we had an impact on them. To think that we may have an effect on a fifth graders college decision means a lot. It shows just how important our "role" as Role Models is. We hope that the students had a great experience and learned a lot because we loved having them on campus!

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