On October 6, every Paul Cuffee Middle School student had the opportunity to visit one of nine regional colleges. For the entire day, each and every student and their adult chaperones spent time touring the college facilities and participating in a range of campus activities.
The students visiting Worcester Polytechnic Institute learned about wind turbines and then built their own, while those students who went across the city to RISD explored its award-winning Museum and visited the Project Open Door studio where they discovered the variety of free after school and summer art programs that are available to assist artistically inclined urban high school students with their college applications and portfolios. Middle schoolers who went to Bryant University and Holy Cross had question and answer sessions with students of color from urban areas across America. Everyone in our student body was exposed, many for the first time, to what a college campus looks and feels like.
The beautiful weather added to what was an inspiring and memorable day for everyone in the PCMS community. Should we be fortunate enough to attract additional funding for 2018, we plan on repeating this experience with even more schools to visit and the special treat of buying lunch for our students in the college cafeterias.
Transportation for our Middle School College Day is provided by a generous grant from the Providence Rotary.