NewsPress Release: 2/14/2001Marlboro College Gives FES Students Taste of Higher Ed
MARLBORO, VT - On February 7th, Marlboro College, working with the Foundation for Excellent Schools (FES), brought kids from schools around southern Vermont to the Marlboro campus. "The goal of the day," said Carrie Weikel, director of student activities at Marlboro, "was to help kids that might not have 'college' in their vocabularies to envision themselves on a college campus." Activities, including meeting college students and faculty, eating in the dining hall, and touring the facilities, ran for half a day.
"A day on a college campus is a special day for FES middle school students," said Missy Wilkins, mentoring coordinator for the Vermont Excellent Schools Project, a division of FES. "It helps FES students learn more about what college has to offer - now while they are still young and can set goals and aspirations on becoming a college student. A day on a college campus can spark interest in a dream that otherwise might never have been considered."
Based in Cornwall, Vermont, the Foundation for Excellent Schools is a non-profit organization committed to improving student performance in low-income schools. Working in 23 states to help their network of affiliates reach the goals in their Action Plans, FES's record in promoting school improvement has led to support from several prominent foundations.
"The kids had a good day," Weikel said. "One girl said that she was excited about the way Marlboro students seem to take charge of their education, and how their interests matter. Another girl said she now knows that she wants to go to college; she'll be the first in her family. One boy was just really surprised to see how their tour guides knew everyone on campus and said hello to them."
The entire Marlboro College community got involved in this event. Sophomore Matt Doyle played his harp and told the kids a story at lunch, then talked with them about their day. Sophomores Choya Adkison-Stevens and Dan Worthing acted as tour guides, showing the students the campus and talking with them about life at Marlboro. Several other students spoke about their lives before Marlboro, and the path that had brought them to college. Dana Holby, professor of dance at Marlboro, taught a sample class, telling the kids about the different kinds of dance she taught, and about scholastic life on the mountain. "They saw that college isn't just reading, writing, math and science," Weikel says.
Marlboro College is a learning community unlike any other in the country. Marlboro is also distinguished for its philosophy of self-governance, its tradition of academic rigor and excitement, and for its curriculum, self-designed, tailored to the individual, and taught in very small classes and one-on-one tutorials. Located on a beautiful 350-acre rural campus in Southern Vermont, Marlboro offers its 270 students an 8:1 student/faculty ration and a strong foundation in the liberal arts. For more information on the College, please call 802-257-4333, or look online at www.marlboro.edu.