Over 1,400 local fifth-graders took part in the 11th annual Phuture Phoenix Day on October 14th. Participants were given the opportunity to tour campus, check out a college class, and much more with student and faculty volunteers. This program was designed to encourage students from low-income families to pursue a college degree after graduating from high school. One of the benefits of this program is that it allows students to see where they can be in the future by working hard in the classes they are in now and by taking the necessary steps to be a college student.
This year, the College of Professional Studies hosted interactive boards which were created by UW-Green Bay student Courtney Maye. Fifth-graders were asked to complete the phrase “I want to go to college so that I can…” Students eagerly filled out the space with their dreams for the future, where answers ranged anywhere from being a doctor to a professional soccer player. This visualization activity helped students to make the connection that they can achieve their goals by pursuing higher education.