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TRiO program students present College Carnival for elementary students

TRiO program students present College Carnival for elementary students

High school students in Boise State’s TRiO Upward Bound programs will treat elementary school students and their families to a College Carnival of fun, food and educational activities from 5-8 p.m., July 10.

The carnival will be held at the Whitney Community Center, 1609 S. Owyhee St., in partnership with Boise City Department of Parks and Recreation.

Carnival participants will be able to pick from a number of activities that include:

  • Fun and games. Dunk tank, tug-of-war, face painting and sack races.
  • Egg walk. Teaches students the importance of never giving up, while also instilling in them the work it requires to get to college.
  • Pie toss. Teaches children to aim for college.
  • TRiO Triangle Ring Toss. Educates children about the different kinds of colleges.
  • Twister. College logos, instead of color dots, encourage student to attend college.
  • Food. Besides snow cones and cotton candy, some of the TriO students’ dads will cook up hamburgers and hotdogs.

The 82 Upward Bound students putting on the carnival are from five area high schools. They have moved onto Boise State’s campus to spend their summer learning what it is like to attend the university and to get a jump up on their college careers.

They also discover how education takes place outside of the classroom, which includes service to the community, such as the College Carnival. They take part in internships, perform community service including three friendship feasts at local churches where the students prepare food and serve the attendees.

“This is a great way for our TRiO students to have fun while showing children positive role models,” said Sue B. Huizinga, project director for Boise State’s TRiO Upward Bound and TRIO Educational Talent Search. “It also is a way to show younger children that college is possible for them, too.”

This is the 28th summer Upward Bound students have spent five weeks on the Boise State campus. The students are from Borah, Capital, Nampa, Caldwell and Owyhee high schools. The high school students model the college experience by living in the dorms and taking class in college classrooms.

Upward Bound is one of eight federally funded TRiO programs at Boise State. TRiO helps motivate and support first-generation college students. The programs are housed in the Center for Multicultural and Educational Opportunities in the College of Education.

For more information, contact Huizinga at 890-1744 or, or Tia Short at 890-9441.

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