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Friday, March 26, 2010
Contact: Robert Preston, Jr.,
Plant Their Feet Experiences Thrill of College Theater
Almost 50 eighth graders who were participants in the
original Plant Their Feet (PTF) group returned to SGC recently for several
hours of on-campus activities.
Plant Their Feet began in 2006. The fifth grade class at West Green
Elementary took part in the inaugural year of the program. SGC brought those
fifth graders to campus throughout the school year in order to acquaint the
students with college life. The goal of the program is show the students the
importance of completing an education and encourage them to enroll in SGC
when they graduate from high school.
The group arrived on campus after school and participated in a special
activity hosted by SGC faculty members Andrew DiNicola, an instructor of
English and Katrice Driggers, an instructor of learning support reading.
Over the years, the PTF group has taken part in a number of different
activities, including science workshops, outdoors events and career
seminars. This time, they enjoyed a different kind of activity. Mr. DiNicola
billed his time with the group as a dramatic workshop. “We tried to bring
out the thespian in each of them by allowing the students to participate in
exercises that included improvisation, mime, monologue, dialogue, and prop
plays,” said Mr. DiNicola. Throughout most of the 90-minute presentation,
the students worked onstage in small groups; the final exercise, however,
showcased the best actors from each of the five groups. Overall, the
workshop offered these young people a time of imagination and possibility.
“Although we will never be sure of the particular outcome of planting their
feet on the path toward college, we can certainly be sure that
we planted a
seed of inspiration within each of them. And we all know that gaining
inspiration is the first step toward a life of success and greatness,” said
Mr. DiNicola. “By the end of the session, many of the young people were
beginning to see the academic life as a life teeming with enthusiasm and
joy. Indeed, the primary goal of the program is to set young people on the
path toward higher education; therefore, by planting their feet on the stage
of a college theatre, we showed them that being a college student can be fun
“This recent activity shows the students just one in the host of academic
programs and activities that can be pursued upon entering college. When
students see what options are available for them in the academic setting, it
will inspire them to work hard and set their sights on bigger and better
things for their lives,” said PTF program director Amy Hancock.
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