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Mentoring event set for this week

April 18, 2012

Coastal Carolina University and the Dalton and Linda Floyd Family Mentoring Program will host its annual A Day in the Life of a College Student on Thursday, April 19, from 9:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the CCU campus. Nearly 280 students from 12 elementary and six middle schools from the area will be in attendance.

The purpose of the event is to provide public school students enrolled in the mentoring program with the opportunity to visit a college campus to see where their mentors go to school. Not only does it make the college experience more real to these students, but it gets them thinking about higher education in their own futures.

A Day in the Life of a College Student will be hosted by 235 CCU student mentors as well as more than 30 volunteer students, faculty and staff members including student athletes and cheerleaders, Center for Peace and Conflict Studies, Phi Sigma Pi, the Council for Exceptional Children and Chauncey (CCUs mascot). The event will feature a variety of activities that encourage students to succeed through education, business and artistic expression. Other events scheduled are related to Earth Week. Also, each student will receive a book to promote literacy and reading.

Attending elementary schools are Aynor, Carolina Forest, Conway, Homewood, Kingston, Lakewood, Ocean Bay, Palmetto Bays, Pee Dee, South Conway and Waccamaw. Attending middle schools are Conway, Forestbrook, Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach Intermediate School, Ocean Bay and Whittemore Park.

The Dalton and Linda Floyd Family Mentoring Program is sponsored by CCUs Biddle Center for Teaching, Learning and Community Engagement. The program teaches CCU students to become positive role-models for at-risk K-12 children in South Carolina School in order to ensure their success in and out of the classroom. For more information about the event, contact the center at 843-349-2665.