Over 250 students from Bristol/Warren schools flocked to the campus of Roger Williams University for the eighth annual RWU Fifth Grade Day.
On May 5th, all 5th graders from the Bristol/Warren Regional School District spent their day at RWU. Nearly 70 volunteers from RWU guided the elementary school students through a day designed to showcase campus life, including campus tours and discussions on majors, athletics, and leadership on campus.
New to the program this year, the Feinstein Center for Service Learning and Community Engagement conducted workshops in advance of the program in each fifth grade classroom. KC Ferrara and Jon Bernier led the elementary students through activities that:
- Provided an introduction to RWU’s academics and co-curricular offerings
- Described the majors offered and allowed students to pre-select one that best matches their interests and inspirations
- Answered questions regarding the day itself
- Facilitated online registration for the program
After an opening speech from Superintendent Dr. Mario Andrade on May 5, representatives from the RWU community and specifically the Honors program embarked with the students on a tour of the campus. As all 5th graders selected a “major” prior to arriving, students sat in small groups with current RWU students majoring in that course of study. The elementary students and RWU students engaged in small group discussion to explore specific academic expectations of the chosen major.
Throughout the course of their day on campus, students participated in a game show type of experience hosted by RWU Honors College students, where teachers selected students from each 5th grade class to go on stage and answer trivia questions. Topics ranged from RWU trivia to Rhode Island history to general questions about college life. The students partook of activities in the gym hosted by RWU’s athletic teams to learn more about that particular aspect of college life. Fifth Grade Day’s events concluded with a session around social media and technology led by Catherine Capolupo, RWU Vice President for Enrollment Management.
Fifth Grade Day is sponsored by the Bristol/Warren Regional School District, Feinstein Center for Service Learning and Community Engagement with assistance from the University Honors Program.