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UT students to host Oct. 30 event for McKinley Elementary

Students at McKinley Elementary School will make some new friends this week when about 50 University of Toledo undergraduate students take part in a Halloween event Friday, Oct. 30, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the school, 3344 Westland Ave.

The UT students in the Exploratory Studies Program have been working for weeks to plan and organize the service-learning event for the elementary students in kindergarten through fifth grade.

“Our students are making a real difference in our community,” said Dr. Julie Fischer-Kinney, assistant provost for student success and retention. “Through experiential learning events, students are learning the importance of giving back to their community, strengthening their leadership and interpersonal skills, and gaining a sense of confidence and pride not only in our campus community, but our greater community.”

The UT students, dressed in Rocket gear or Halloween costumes, will engage the McKinley students in carnival-style games, activities and crafts while teaching them the importance of a college education. Mascots Rocky and Rocksy also will attend the event.

“[The kids] can’t wait to interact with college students,” said John Korenowsky, principal of McKinley Elementary. “They’re heroes to the children. They’re full of questions about college life, and they want to hear more about what it takes to be a Rocket one day.”

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