SARAH KICK | NEWS CORRESPONDENT
On Wednesday, April 6, approximately 135 fifth-grade students from St. Anthony’s School in Milwaukee, Wis., visited St. Norbert College and got to experience college first-hand. This program walks hand in hand with the Urban Education TRIP lead earlier in the year by St. Norbert College’s TRIPS (Turning Responsibility Into Powerful Service) program.
This is the third year that St. Anthony’s School has visited the college. The idea was originally pitched by a St. Norbert College Alumni, Teresa Reilly (Amman) who is now the current principal of St. Anthony’s School for the 9th Street campus, grades third through fifth. Reilly originally approached President Kunkel with the idea to bring a TRIP to SNC three years ago. After collaborating with the Education department and sending a pilot trip in May 2013, the TRIPS program has now sent many spring and winter trips to St. Anthony’s School and will continue to do so in the future.
The students started off in Michel’s Commons with a welcome from President Kunkel, followed by many fun activities; these included a tour of campus, meeting Norby Knight, exploring Mulva Library and of course, their favorite part, lunch at Ruth’s Marketplace.
During their adventure in Mulva Library, students got an inside look at the video recording room, learned about Google Tools with Instructional Technologist Ben Hommerding, and did an energizer activity with a few TRIPS leaders.
“The students were so excited to be at St. Norbert! They absolutely loved the Mulva sessions (and of course the food). It was very rewarding to know that students this young are interested in college,” said Jenna Decker ’18, the current TRIPS Event and Participants Relations Coordinator.
Decker helped plan the program along with the help of Allison Parra ’16, TRIPS Community Partner Coordinator, and many helping hands from other TRIPS leaders.
The students had the opportunity to see what a college looked like and further encouraged them to see themselves in a place similar to St. Norbert College, and exposed them to new experiences that they will hopefully one day have. For many of these students, it was their first time being on a college campus, which is exciting in itself.
“My favorite part of the event was seeing how excited the students were to be at St. Norbert. It took me back to when I first toured the school and fell in love with it,” said Decker.
The TRIPS program made this event possible for a third year in a row and allowed fifth-graders to have an experience that was truly memorable.
St. Anthony’s School fifth grade students on their SNC visit | Jenna Decker ’18