Gannon Welcomes Hundreds of Middle School Students To Campus
Posted: March 24, 2015
Gannon University will host more than 200 eighth-grade students
from Erie's Woodrow Wilson middle school on Wednesday, March 25 as
part of the "College for Every Student" (CFES) program, a national
non-profit organization dedicated to helping underserved students
prepare for, gain access to and succeed in college.
During their two-hour visit the students will tour the new Human
Performance Laboratory, participate in a discussion on health and
wellness and the importance of exercise and good eating habits,
witness an experiment in a science lab, attend a demonstration by
Gannon's acrobatics and tumbling team and visit one of the
University's residence halls.
Gannon University participates in CFES with the Erie School
District through the University's Erie-GAINS (Erie-Gannon Alliances
to Improve Neighborhood Sustainability) initiative. Since the CFES
program's inception, nearly 1,000 Wilson students have been part of
the annual events on campus. Data collected by CFES show that
underserved students who get early exposure to colleges and
universities have a greater chance of college attendance than do
their peers who do not receive such exposure.
"One of the areas of emphasis of the Erie-GAINS initiative is
health and wellness and the link between wellness and nutrition,"
said Erika Ramalho, Gannon University's director of community and
government relations. "Overall health and wellness is important for
quality of life and academic success, both in middle school and in
the university setting. We hope that education after high school is
the ultimate aspiration of these students."