Lee to host Fifth Grade Day this week
Lee will be hosting 69 fifth graders from Arnold Elementary from 8:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 5 for the semiannual Fifth Grade Day event. The event is in accordance with Lee’s BEST, Business and Education Standing Together, partnership with Arnold Elementary.
Bethany McCoy, the assistant director of community relations, helps plan and coordinate the event with Lee’s event management class.
“Through Fifth Grade Day we hope to offer some of our local community members a small glimpse into what it means to be a student at Lee University,” McCoy said. “We also seek to inspire the students to realize that college is not out of reach for anyone. We want them to leave inspired to work hard, aim high and dream big,” McCoy said.
Lee has been hosting Fifth Grade Day since 2007, and this is the fourth time the event management class has helped prepare for it.
Angeline McMullin, professor of event management, believes that the class will gain valuable experience from providing the fifth graders with more interaction with Lee students.
“The students in the class learn to manage complex logistical scheduling for an event that involves multiple locations, departments and sessions,” McMullin said. “The Lee students bring new ideas each semester and they serve as great role models for the fifth graders.”
The Arnold Elementary students will also be seeing a Lee play for the first time during their visit. They will attend a daytime showing of Lee’s theatre program’s production “Oliver!” before enjoying a pizza lunch and a campus tour featuring several games and activities.
“We’re really excited for [the fifth graders] to come and experience Lee and hopefully have a good time,” event management team leader Alyssa Durham said.