Dellview field trip fills students with college Spirit
More than 150 Dellview and West Avenue 5th grade students visited UTSA on October 4 as part of the Dreamrunners Program. They had the opportunity to be college students for the day. They interacted with female Track & Field athletes and learned about the campus, college life and scholarship opportunities.
Bill Hickey, athletics representative, organized and ensured that our students had the best experience with UTSA athletes. They also participated in an interactive S.T.E.M. presentation to motivate our students to pursue science / engineering careers. A highlight of the field trip was completing a Scavenger Hunt that allowed our students to learn more about the campus.
The Dreamrunners Program is a partnership between the Office of P-20 Initiatives and UTSA Athletics. The main focus of the program is to inform students about the benefits of going to college and how important it is to plan early for their educational goals. Their Program Manager, Manuel Maldonado facilitated all the activities and helped organize this wonderful field trip.
"Our students were very excited to see the wonderful opportunities UTSA has to offer," said Mayra Martinez, Dellview family specialist.
The evening culminated with Dellview student participating in a Womens Volleyball game. Rowdy the Roadrunner helped the students cheer the volleyball team as they played through the night. Dellview parents also joined the fun and participated in the field trip.
"Their UTSA spirit was very evident as they helped cheer on the UTSA Volleyball team during the game," said Martinez.
Parents commented on how this field trip motivated their children to plan for their future.
"I enjoyed visiting UTSA. All the students and staff members were very nice. I will highly encourage my daughters to attend UTSA," said Donna Nuno, parent.
Maria Reynosa was excited about her experience as well. She stated: "thanks to this field trip, we have initiated conversations at home about the college process. My daughter is already researching different colleges in San Antonio and outside the city."
One of the fifth-grade students said, "UTSA was the first college I visited. This field trip was awesome."
Another student said, "I want to go to UTSA because of this field trip. I am motivated about college!"
Other fifth grade student comments:
"The volleyball game was amazing."
"We were talking about UTSA days after the field trip."
"It was the best field trip I ever had."
"College Readiness has been a long standing priority at Dellview," said Martinez. "We understand the necessity to inform, motivate and inspire students and their families to pursue their dreams and achieve academic excellence in all realms of life. We inspire our students to first believe in themselves so they can achieve academic excellence and begin planning for their future. The Dreamrunners Program helped our students believe that college is an attainable goal."
Posted on October 23, 2012