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Annual 5th Grade Day Brings More Than 250 Local Students to Roger Williams University Campus

From campus tours to exploration of academic majors, RWU undergraduates guided local fifth graders through university life

More than 250 local students descended on the Roger Williams University campus on Tuesday, May 8, for the annual 5th Grade Day event. Now in its fifth year, the annual program hosted elementary students from the local Bristol/Warren Regional School District.

Nearly 50 RWU undergraduate volunteers guided the fifth graders through all aspects of university life, from campus tours and discussions on academic majors, to the exploration of athletics, clubs and organizations on campus. 

The day kicked-off with opening remarks by Bristol/Warren Superintendent Melinda Theis and RWU President Donald Farish. Next, participating fifth graders explored university facilities in a series of campus tours. (Prior to their arrival, each of the students selected an academic major of interest around which their day – including a discussion group with current RWU undergraduates – was scheduled.)

In addition to academic-focused programs, the fifth graders also participated in a number of activities related to campus life. Highlights included a presentation from Student Senate on teamwork and leadership, as well as skills training and other gym activities alongside members of the RWU Hawks athletics teams.

Roger Williams University's successful 5th Grade Day program was established in 2008 with the purpose of providing fifth graders with an opportunity to explore the possibility of future careers, set high academic goals, tour the campus and to participate in team-building activities. The program also encourages students to apply themselves early in their education and to gain the necessary academic background to pursue their chosen careers.  

5th Grade Day is sponsored by Bristol/Warren Regional School District, the RWU Feinstein Center for Service Learning and Community Engagement and the University’s Office of Student Programs and Leadership.

For more information about the annual 5th Grade Day, contact KC Ferrara, director of the University’s Feinstein Center for Service Learning and Community Engagement, at (401) 254-3765 or