St. Petersburg College Downtown recently hosted 77 fourth graders and 8 chaperones from Maximo Elementary as part of an effort to expose elementary school students to the prospects of college.
As part of the visit, students were greeted in the American Stage Theatre where they took part in an interactive activity, highlighting the different roles of theater production.
Students participated in six interactive sessions to expose them to career and program options, student life and leadership, advising, financial aid, and learning support resources. In addition, students took part in an engaging classroom science demonstration on blood, its components and functions, facilitated by SPC students Sara Gillmore (Biology Major) and Joe Meindl (Secretary-Treasurer of the DT Medical Club). The visit included lunch on campus, during which students were addressed by Provost Kevin Gordon and Associate Provost Mark Strickland.
The event, aimed at making college more familiar and accessible to students, also included a visit to the Palladium Theater, including a behind-the-scenes tour and a visit with costume, hair and make-up artists from St. Petersburg Opera’s production of “Susannah”.
“Many, many of our fourth-grade students now have the opportunity to think of the college experience as one that they might actually have one day,” said Sheila Kane, Maximo Elementary’s Family and Community Liaison. “The chance to spend a day on campus seeing and interacting with college students made that a reality, not just something people talked about, but something they could really see themselves doing!”