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Grade school students visit University

Onlookers craned their necks Saturday to catch a glimpse of a rare sight at Brower Commons on the College Avenue campus as a group of 75 students excitedly moved en masse into the dining hall.

But these students were not from the University. They were fifth through eighth graders from Rise Academy in Newark.

The public charter school is a member of the Knowledge is Power Program, a nationwide network of public charter elementary and high schools with one common goal, said Shannon Grande, a seventh grade teacher at Rise Academy.

“[Our mission] is to get students to and through college,” Grande said.

KIPP sponsors field trips to colleges and universities, so they can give students an idea of what they are striving for, she said.

In addition to their meal at Brower Commons, the students toured the campus and learned about majors at the University and corresponding career paths.

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