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Tour Day

Save the dates: Our 5th Annual 5th Grade Campus Tour Days will be

April 24th and 25th, 2014!


What are the 5th Grade Campus Tour Days?

Blugold Beginnings and 5th  Grade Tour Day are funded by grants, sponsors, and donations. The 5th Grade Campus Tour Day is a field trip for fifth graders to be introduced to the idea of  college and experience a university campus on a personal level. The tour allows students to explore a variety of activities on campus such as the residence  halls, academic buildings, and experience a special class demonstration created  just for them taught by UWEC faculty. Small groups of fifth graders are paired  with two college mentors for the day.  These mentors serve as their guide  to the university.  Students are encouraged to ask questions about the university, discuss future academic plans, and explore what areas on campus they find  interesting.

Fifth grade teachers and staff are invited to attend a free teacher appreciation lunch & Professional Development Session to learn about new and helpful resources available to them and their students. Topic: Collaborative Leadership. Presenter: UWEC Education Studies Professor Mickey Kolis.

Pre and post assessments are administered to fifth grade students before and after the field trip.  UWEC mentors conduct a pre and post visit in the classrooms of Altoona, Eau Claire, and St. Mark's elementary schools. Mentors visit fifth grade classrooms before Tour Day to connect  with students, get them excited, and inform them about Tour Day. After the event, mentors will again go into 5th grade classrooms to re-connect with the students, answer questions, and review what they learned. Teachers at all other participating schools administer the assessments and return them via pre-paid envelopes provided. For more information, please visit our Tour Day page or contact Program Director Lissa Martinez Greer at 715-836-3651 or