5th Grade Day
Since 2008, Roger Williams University has hosted the annual 5th Grade Day. This event involves all 5th graders from Bristol and Warren, Rhode Island spending the day at RWU. Throughout the day, roughly 300 children will be given a taste of what it’s like to be a college student, as well as, be given the opportunity to tour some of campus.
During the orientation period at their schools, the children are able to pick their own majors. Once they arrive on campus, they separate into groups and complete hands-on activities with current Roger Williams students of the same major. Faculty members will be more involved this year, as they lead some of the activities taking place.
Through the event, the university aims to help elementary students remain excited about school before they begin to lose interest in academics. As the 5th graders move on to middle school, they start to move from class to class and begin to make the transition into becoming teenagers. They also begin to value a social life over academics. 5th Grade Day is used to show young students what they can achieve if they continue to work hard throughout all of school. It is meant to motivate them to focus more on their studies rather than their social status.
This year’s 5th Grade Day will take place on May 7, 2019. Current students are encouraged to volunteer anywhere from a few hours to the whole day. Roger Williams University is excited to welcome these 5th graders to the campus and can’t wait to see what the day has to offer.
Students wanting to volunteer can follow the link 5th Grade Day Volunteers to sign up.
Author: Kenzie Rose