Working in concert with Stony Brook University, Setauket and Arrowhead elementary school students had the chance to participate in authentic and engaging learning opportunities centered on the topic of college and career readiness. Athletes and admissions representatives spoke with the third- through sixth-grade students about leadership, sportsmanship, academics and healthy living, while members of the university band provided a pep rally for the younger students. The program was called Kids Day at both schools.
“It is our hope that these connections across learning institutions allow our elementary students to experience the many possibilities open to them as they move through their academic career,” said Dr. Nathalie Lilavois, who coordinated the effort in the district with the assistance of Arrowhead Assistant Principal Jim Williams and Matt Ivins and Chris Murray from the Stony Brook University Athletics Department. “These opportunities with an internationally recognized institution such as Stony Brook University provide meaningful, authentic and engaging college and career-ready experiences that exemplify what learning is all about.”
During his discussion with the fifth- and sixth-graders at Setauket, Stony Brook University assistant director of undergraduate admissions Chris D’Orso reminded the students that it is never too early to begin thinking about their futures. He urged them to keep their options open and to begin to ask family and friends about their careers to learn about the various choices they have for their futures.
Following the morning workshops, third- through sixth-grade students from both buildings attended a Seawolves basketball game.