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Mentoring event set for this week at CCU

April 17, 2013

Coastal Carolina University and the Dalton and Linda Floyd Family Mentoring Program will host the annual "A Day in the Life of a College Student" on Thursday, April 18, from 9:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the CCU campus. Nearly 220 students from 10 elementary and five middle schools from the area will attend.

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. Mentors normally visit children at their school each week. 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" is hosted by more than 200 CCU student mentors as well as more than 25 volunteer students, faculty and staff members including student athletes and Chauncesy (CCU's mascot). The event will feature a variety of activities that encourage students to succeed through education, science 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, Lakewood, Ocean Bay, Palmetto Bays, South Conway and Waccamaw, and Myrtle Beach Intermediate School. Attending middle schools are Conway, Forestbrook, Myrtle Beach, Ocean Bay and Whittemore Park.

The Dalton and Linda Floyd Family Mentoring Program is housed in CCU's Biddle Center for Teaching, Learning and Community Engagement within the Spadoni College of Education. The program teaches CCU students to become positive role models for "at-risk" K-12 children in South Carolina schools to ensure their success in and out of the classroom.

For more information about the event, contact the center at 843-349-2665.