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NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. – On Friday, Sept. 26, Manchester University will play host to thousands of students in kindergarten through third grade as many step onto a college campus for the first time.
About 2,100 students from the Metropolitan School District of Wabash County, Whitley County Consolidated Schools, Wabash City Schools and Manchester Community Schools have signed up to take part in the second annual Walk Into My Future event.
The 2013 event with 1,650 students from Wabash County was the largest gathering ever on the MU Mall, and this year’s rally will set a new record. Three hundred adults will come with the students, and hundreds of University students are volunteering for the event.
Walk Into My Future helps elementary school students form a vision of themselves that includes college and a career. It also simplifies the process for parents to set up college saving accounts for their children. Through the end of September, students who are registered can ask friends, family and others in their lives to make a “champion” gift of $5.29 or more into their CollegeChoice 529 Direct Savings Plan account.
Students from Wabash and Whitley counties are scheduled to arrive on the North Manchester campus at 9:15 a.m. and leave at 12:30 p.m. Students from Wabash City Schools and Manchester Community Schools will arrive at 11:45 a.m. and leave at 2:45 p.m. All of the students will take part in the combined Walk Into My Future rally at noon on the Mall.
Each grade level will have a hub in a designated area of the campus, with grade-specific activities involving math, English, the sciences, psychology, student life and educations. There will also be building walk-throughs and stations for art and music.
Walk Into My Future is part of the Wabash County Promise, a collaborative effort to help children develop the expectation that they will attend college. For more information: www.wabashcountypromise.org
More than two-thirds of Wabash County K-3 students now have college savings accounts. Building on its success in one county, the group is helping pilot the program in LaGrange, Noble and Whitley counties.
Manchester University, with campuses in North Manchester and Fort Wayne, Ind., offers more than 60 areas of academic study to nearly 1,500 students in undergraduate programs, a Master of Athletic Training and a four-year professional Doctor of Pharmacy. Learn more about the private, northern Indiana school at www.manchester.edu.
September 12, 2013