LSU Welcomes 800 Sixth Graders to Campus as Part of the Statewide Journey to College Initiative

More than 800 sixth graders from East Baton Rouge Parish schools toured LSU on Tuesday, November 17th for LSU's inaugural 6th Grade Day. President Alexander partnered with East Baton Rouge Parish School System Superintendent Warren Drake to host a series of events designed to get young students inspired about going to college.  "Research shows that sixth grade is a pivotal year for students when it comes to making decisions on whether to attend college or not," says President Alexander.  "We want these students to explore LSU, discover the life changing possibilities that await them in their own back yard and understand that attending college is a viable option for everyone." 

Students participated in a daylong discovery tour that highlighted the humanities, science, engineering, the arts and the AgCenter. Tour stops included a visit to the Museum of Natural Science, the Shaver Theatre and the AgCenter's Mini Farm, among others. 

Sixth grade day is the programmatic compliment to the Journey to College initiative launched in partnership with the University of Louisiana System and the Southern University System.  The event, developed in tandem with a brochure and website: www.journeytocollege.org is designed to jumpstart conversations around college readiness. "We are eager to partner with local K-12 school districts around the idea that they are all our students and their success in k-12 is paramount to their matriculation to college," says Brandon Smith, coordinator of the program. "Most students who visited LSU on Tuesday had never stepped foot on our campus. The event not only introduced them to campus life, but ignited their curiosity about the many pathways and opportunities available to obtain a college degree." 

LSU will welcome another 1,600 students to campus at two more 6th Grade Days planned on January 14 and 28, 2016. 

The President's Office would like to thank the campus community for making sure the children enjoyed their time on campus, as well as the deans, faculty, staff and students who volunteered their time to make the day such a success.

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