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Colleges Host Second Grade Visit

In partnership with Geneva 2020’s efforts to advance the Geneva schools and build a stronger community, the Colleges will host a walking field trip for Geneva’s second grade students on Thursday, April 25 and Thursday, May 2. Organized by Emily Nugent ’13, a student teacher at West Street Elementary School, the students will get a glimpse of the HWS campus, the buildings and classrooms, as well as meet several members of the campus community.

“A number of faculty members have generously opened their classrooms and donated their time to host a second grade class for an activity,” says Nugent, an individual major in contemporary Germany and a minor in education. “The tours will be led by student volunteers from the Centennial Center for Leadership’s leadership program, the education program and students who have volunteered through the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning.”

The day’s events include a biology experiment and tour of the Colleges’ science labs with Professor of Biology Sigrid Carle; leadership and teambuilding exercises in the Centennial Center for Leadership with Susan Pliner, associate dean for teaching, learning, and assessment and Amy Forbes, associate director of the Centennial Center for Leadership; and a storytelling class hosted by Professor of Education Charlie Temple.

Other activities include a movement class led by Professor of Dance Donna Davenport; an interactive activity focusing on the connection between writing and math with Ruth Shields, assistant director for the Center for Teaching and Learning and Caitlin Caron, coordinator of writing initiatives; and a presentation on athletics by Head Strength and Conditioning Coach Bobbie Fisk. The second graders will enjoy lunch in the Colleges’ dining hall, followed by a tour and scavenger hunt.

“The field trip will give students an opportunity to experience the HWS campus and learn more about their community,” says Nugent. “The trip would not have been possible without the support of the Colleges’ faculty and staff.”

Launched in March, the Geneva 2020 initiative seeks to harness the resources of the entire Geneva community – non-profit organizations, businesses and individuals – to provide assistance in three key areas identified by the Geneva City School District as being critical to the future of Geneva’s children: graduation rate, career and college readiness and literacy.