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Auburn Third Graders to Visit

Elementary teacher Nicholas Musso ’02 will come back to campus next week with 35 third-graders from Genesee Elementary School in Auburn. On Tuesday, May 29, his third grader class will get a glimpse of the HWS campus, the buildings and classrooms, as well as meet several members of the campus community with the hope that the visit will leave a lasting impact on the students’ desires to attend college.    

Musso’s third-grade class is a participating member of the No Excuses University [NEU] program, a network of elementary, middle, and junior high schools across the United States that strives to promote a comprehensive model of college readiness to all students from the moment they begin elementary school. This goal is achieved by exposing students to strong college symbolism by way of hanging college banners in the classroom, developing close partnerships between a college and the classroom, and teaching college chants. Classrooms at Genesee Elementary School also have ties with surrounding universities such as Syracuse and Bucknell.

“The kids will greatly benefit from being on campus, walking around and seeing the buildings and the classrooms.  Both the kids and I are very excited for this trip,” said Musso.

The day trip will include a conversation on environmental sustainability with Jordan Youngmann ’09, a project manager at the Colleges’ Finger Lakes Institute, a campus tour, lunch on the quad and a demonstration of the biofuel process and vehicles by HWS Grounds Manager David Iannicello.

Musso earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Hobart in 2002.  He was a member of the men’s lacrosse team and served as captain in his senior year. He later attended SUNY Oswego where he earned a master’s degree and certification in elementary education. For several years, Musso has been teaching in the Auburn school district where he resides with his wife and three children.        

The trip to HWS is sponsored by the Auburn Rotary Club.