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Blugold Beginnings seeking community volunteers for visit days

March 19, 2012

EAU CLAIRE — The Blugold Beginnings program is looking for community volunteers to assist with a two-day event that will bring 1,600 fifth-graders to the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire campus April 26-27.

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

Blugold Beginnings is a precollege access program that pairs UW-Eau Claire student mentors with youth in area schools. The program aims to inform and inspire underrepresented students about higher education and how it is attainable for them, said Lissa Martinez, Blugold Beginnings program coordinator.

"Fifth-Grade Tour Day allows students to visit the UW-Eau Claire campus, helping them feel comfortable in a university setting," Martinez said. "Students will explore campus and experience class demonstrations created just for them. We're asking the community to support higher education for our community youth by participating with the event."

Volunteers are needed from 8:45 a.m.-2 p.m. each day to help participants feel welcome and to help them learn throughout the day. Community volunteers also will be placed around campus to play a college knowledge trivia game. Half-day shifts from 8:45-11:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. also are available.

Training is scheduled from 4-5 p.m. April 10 or from 6-7 p.m. April 12 in Room 108 of Hibbard Humanities Hall. A training session also will be offered from 7-8 p.m. April 25 at Dooley's Pub on Water Street in Eau Claire. Volunteers can meet other volunteers from 8-9 p.m. April 25 at Dooley's following the training session.

Volunteers can fill out an online registration form. Community volunteers will receive a complimentary lunch and T-shirt.

For more information about volunteer opportunities available on Fifth-Grade Tour Day, contact Lissa Martinez at 715-836-3651 or


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