NORTH ADAMS, MASS. — On Monday, Nov. 14, and Tuesday, Nov. 15, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) will host nearly 300 third grade students from Adams-Cheshire, North Adams and Clarksburg schools, so they might experience what it’s like to go to college.

The morning will include hands-on workshops conducted by MCLA faculty, staff and students, as well as an interactive experience within the worlds of mathematics, biology and physics. In addition to solar system explorations in Starlab, students will tour the campus and learn more about The Beacon, MCLA’s student-run newspaper, and the campus’s television studio.

Students from Brayton, Cheshire and CT Plunkett elementary schools will visit MCLA on Monday, Nov. 14. They will arrive on campus at 9:15 a.m. Sessions will begin at 9:30, 10 and 10:30 a.m. At 11 a.m., students will head to the Venable Gym for lunch and a performance by NeXXus, MCLA’s step team.

Students from Colegrove, Greylock, Clarksburg and St. Stanislaus Kostka schools will share this same experience on Tuesday, Nov. 15.

Prior to their campus visits, MCLA staff and students will visit each school’s third grade classrooms to introduce students to the program and prepare them to go to college.

The purpose of this visit is to provide access and build aspirations so these students might become inspired and motivated to stay in school, work hard at their studies, and consider college for their future.

MCLA, in partnership with the Berkshire Compact for Education, introduced the first “Third Grade Goes to College” program in 2007, when 35 third grade students from Greylock Elementary School visited the College. Since then, the program has expanded. This year, students from seven schools will participate.

A portion of this program is funded by Berkshire United Way.

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) is the Commonwealth's public liberal arts college and a campus of the Massachusetts state university system. MCLA promotes excellence in learning and teaching, innovative scholarship, intellectual creativity, public service, applied knowledge, and active and responsible citizenship. MCLA graduates are prepared to be practical problem solvers and engaged, resilient global citizens.

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