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Fifth-graders to tour UW-Eau Claire April 25-26

April 22, 2013

Blugold BeginningsEAU CLAIRE — Approximately 1,700 fifth-graders will be on the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire campus for the Blugold Beginnings Tour Day April 25-26.

Fifth-grade students from Alma Center-Humbird-Merrillan, Arcadia, Augusta, Black River Falls, Bloomer, Chippewa Falls, Eleva-Strum and Fall Creek will tour campus April 25, while students from Eau Claire and  Altoona will have their Fifth-Grade Tour Day April 26.

Small groups of fifth-graders will be paired with two college mentors for the day. The students are encouraged to ask questions about college, discuss future academic plans and explore what areas on campus they find interesting. Faculty from UW-Eau Claire will conduct 30-minute interactive classroom demonstrations during the tour and help familiarize students with campus.

"The Tour Day field trip is an opportunity for all students to access higher education and learn about what it has to offer. Blugold Beginnings is so excited to have 1,700 fifth-grade students explore the UW-Eau Claire campus and spend time with college students and faculty while learning that education after high school is a helpful option for them to pursue their future goals," said Lissa Martinez Greer, program director for Blugold Beginnings.

Prior to Tour Day, mentors have visited local fifth-graders in their schools to help them prepare for what they will experience, and follow-up visits after the event are planned.

The Blugold Beginnings program works with local schools to introduce youth to the benefits of a college education and pair them with caring mentors to guide them toward that future goal. A major objective of the program is to educate and inspire, particularly at-risk, low-income or first-generation students, and help them believe that a post-secondary education is important, attainable and available at UW-Eau Claire and other institutions of higher learning.

For more information about Fifth-Grade Tour Day, visit the Blugold Beginnings website or contact Lissa Martinez Greer, program director, at 715-836-3651 or




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