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Blugold Beginnings seeks community volunteers for visit days

April 22, 2013

Blugold BeginningsEAU CLAIRE — The Blugold Beginnings program will welcome 1,700 fifth-graders to the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire campus 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.

Blugold Beginnings is a precollege access program that pairs UW-Eau Claire student mentors with youth in area schools. The program aims to inform and inspire underrepresented students about higher education and how it is attainable for them, said Lissa Martinez Greer, Blugold Beginnings program director.

"Fifth-Grade Tour Day allows students to visit the UW-Eau Claire campus, helping them feel comfortable in a university setting," Greer said. "Students will explore campus and experience class demonstrations created just for them and taught by faculty. We're asking the community to support higher education for
our community youth by participating with the event."

Members of the community are invited to volunteer from 8:45 a.m.-2 p.m. each day to help participants feel welcome and to play a college knowledge trivia game with students.

Volunteers can fill out an online registration form. Community volunteers will receive a complimentary lunch and T-shirt.

For more information about volunteer opportunities available on Fifth-Grade Tour Day, contact Lissa Martinez Greer at 715-836-3651 or



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