Blackwell Field Trip to Troy Campus

Educating Tomorrow's Leaders

Education is something that is close to my heart. I feel that everyone, regardless of their age or background, should have the opportunity. I have been very fortunate over the years to be given a variety of educational opportunities to learn and grow. I realize that not everyone is as fortunate, and that is one of the reasons why I got involved with students at the Blackwell Institute.

For the past nine years, I have coordinated an annual field trip for the students with the theme of "education" in mind.

Students from Mrs. Radford's kindergarten classroom at Blackwell Institute.

On May12, 60 very excited kindergarten students made the half-hour bus trip from the east side of Detroit to the Troy campus. Upon arrival, the students were greeted and split into two classrooms. Two student clubs graciously offered to put together lesson plans for the students.

Learning a New Language

The International Student Organization focused its lesson plan on Chinese writing. The volunteers taught the students how to write their names in Chinese and even gave them a chance to try Chinese character paper cutting. The paper cutting was a little interesting for 5- and 6-year-old hands, but the kids loved the designs once they were done!

The ISO offers a chance to learn, experience a diversified atmosphere, and grow friendships through cultural and social activities. If you would like to get involved with the ISO, visit its web page or contact Liesl Scullen.

Accounting & Tax Student Organization and International Student Organization volunteers.

Auditing for 5-Year-Olds

The topic of auditing may seem like a bit much for 5- and 6-year-olds. However, the Accounting & Tax Student Organization (ATSO) do a really good job of being creative! They taught the students about very basic auditing, read the book "How Much is a Million?" and taught them how to take inventory.

The ATSO candy store is always a huge hit with the kids. They are given the opportunity to sort through a variety of candy while counting it. Their reward or "paycheck" includes sampling the candy! (A favorite part of the day for them.)

ATSO has a wide variety of learning, volunteering, and networking opportunities. If you're interested in getting involved, visit the ATSO web page or contact Deb Mourray.

About Blackwell Institute

In 2008, Walsh College started an outreach project with a school in the Detroit Public Schools district. Initially, it began with just a collection drive with 21 boxes of supplies. Over time, the College established an ongoing relationship with Blackwell Institute, and the partnership has grown to monthly tutoring sessions, annual donation drives, box top collection, and yearly field trips to the Troy campus.

What topics do you think are important to educate young students?

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