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Student volunteers needed for fifth-grade visits to UW-Eau Claire

March 9, 2012

EAU CLAIRE — The Blugold Beginnings program is looking for student mentors to assist with the Fifth-Grade Tour Day that will bring 1,600 youth to the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire campus next month.

About 500 volunteer college mentors are needed as guides for the day, and to conduct pre- and post-tour visits at area elementary schools. Small groups of fifth-graders are paired with two college mentors for the day. Fifth-graders are encouraged to ask questions about the university, discuss future academic plans, explore what areas on campus they find interesting and experience a special class demonstration created just for them by UW-Eau Claire faculty.

"Fifth-Grade Tour Day allows students to visit the UW-Eau Claire campus, many for the first time, which helps them to feel comfortable in a university setting at a young age," said Lissa Martinez, Blugold Beginnings program coordinator. "Students have the opportunity to explore campus and experience class demonstrations taught by faculty. We're asking the local community and college student volunteers to help us make them feel welcome on campus."

Training is provided and required to participate. Training dates are listed on the Blugold Beginnings mentor page. Those interested in serving as college mentors for Tour Day 2012 must complete the mentor registration form. Full- or partial-day participation is welcome; complimentary T-shirts and lunch will be provided.

Students from Arcadia, Chippewa Falls, Black River Falls, Augusta and Fall Creek will tour on April 26, while students from Eau Claire and Altoona will have their Fifth-Grade Tour Day on April 27.

For more information about community, faculty and staff volunteer opportunities for the Fifth-Grade Tour Day, visit the Blugold Beginnings website or contact Lissa Martinez at 715-836-3651 or martinlj@uwec.edu.

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