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Experiences Mold Minds

Wedgwood Elementary School is working to equip their sixth grade students with the tools needed for their futures early. One of the ways this has been accomplished so far is by taking their students to experience campus life at colleges, and exposing them to opportunities that they can pursue if they continue their education in an undergraduate study, or even a trade. On Friday, April 20, families and staff at Wedgwood took students to visit Kentucky State University (KSU). They had the opportunity to learn about various programs, courses, requirements for admission, and everything there is to know about campus life. The trip to KSU is part of Wedgwood’s initiative to instill these form of experiences in their sixth grade students, rather than waiting until later in their studies.

“We’ve learned that the earlier you plant the seed, the better,” said Michelle Smith, Assistant Principal at Wedgwood Elementary. “It’s important for our students to actually ‘see’ the university and not just hear about the experience. Our students were able to eat in the food court with college students, and hear first hand from current students about their experiences.”

During their trip, students had a chance to learn about the various courses and programs that KSU offered. They met with university staff to learn about degrees, courses, ACT and SAT tests, admissions, and the programs they offer. In addition, students received encouragement from staff to stay the course in their educational journeys to reach their potential.

“The purpose of the trip was to give our students a reason to want to go to school and do well,” said principal Dr. Exley Warren. “We want our students to experience the reasons to continue their education beyond the Ferguson-Florissant School District. Our students need the experiences and exposure early so they can see what success looks like, and know what options are available.”

KSU isn’t the only school that the students have visited. In the fall semester of 2017, Wedgwood students visited the University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL), where they discussed careers, courses, and compared other universities in terms of costs, location, programs, and sports division classifications. During the 2018-19 school year, Wedgwood plans on taking its sixth grade students to North County Technical High School to expose them to the training that will allow them to earn a high school diploma and a trade.

“Our goal is to ensure that students who leave Wedgwood not only excel in their core studies, but are inspired about the direction they will take in the future,” said Dr. Warren.