8th Grade College Tour in Chicago

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The Description

The last week of May, Grizzlies Prep 8th graders and staff will be traveling to Chicago for their Annual College Trip! They will tour a variety of colleges to experience college campuses, college classes, and lunch in the dining hall. DePaul University, University of Chicago, University of Illinois in Chicago, and Illinois Institute of Technology are on the itinerary for this year. Not only do they visit a number of colleges and universities, but they also visit the Field Museum and the Adler Planetarium. Staff and scholars stay at Camp Manitoqua, for the week where they enjoy outdoor activities and a camp-style dinner each night. The money raised will go directly towards purchasing: 

  1. A bus to transport the 8th graders and staff to and from Chicago, as well as transport them around the city 
  2. Lodging at Camp Manitoqua 
  3. Breakfast and dinner meals at Camp Manitoqua, one dinner at a local Chicago restaurant, and lunch meals on college campuses 
  4. Tickets to local Chicago attractions and intellectual experiences such as the Field Museum and the Adler Planetarium 

For many of our young men, this is not only their first college trip, but one of their first trips out of the Memphis area. This unique experience allows our young men to see the opportunities that they will be able to pursue after excelling in middle and high school. Grizzlies Prep’s families have said that the college trip is a formative, transformative experience for their scholars. 

Back Up Plan

If I do not meet my goal, we will still use the funds raised to help fund our college tour, but will have to divert funds from other projects to cover the remaining costs. We want to make the college tour a priority, but would like to not have to take away from other projects to make it happen. We strongly believe that the 8th grade Chicago college tour is a unique experience that benefits our 8th grade scholars and allows them the opportunity to not only visit universities outside of Memphis, but also allows them to spend 5 days with teachers and classmates exploring other cultural experiences of the city. 

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About the Creator

I teach 8th grade ELA at Grizzlies Prep Charter School, an all-boys middle school in Memphis, TN. Our school is committed to doing all that we can to ensure that every one of our young men is prepared to excel in high school, college and life.

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