Brothers’ Forum hosts youngsters

by Heather Morales
Staff Writer

Cheering could be heard last Friday morning from the gym upstairs in the Supertents, but it was not from University of La Verne students. Instead it was from elementary school students visiting the campus.

For the second year, the Brothers’ Forum brought elementary school students from Pomona Unified School District (PUSD) to the University of La Verne to show them what college is like and to have a little fun with the College Bound Hoop Challenge.

The students are mainly fifth graders from PUSD and the day began with a tour of the campus and ended with a basketball game that the students were invited to watch. The players were current ULV students and alumni.

Before the basketball game, the students were involved in a trivia session relating to academics and were later quizzed on what they learned.

“This is to show kids in the Pomona School District that college is a reality,” said senior Linza Williams, president of the Brothers’ Forum. “We’re trying to teach the kids that first and foremost you have to be a student.”

The Brothers’ Forum decided to reach out to the children because, as Williams put it, “it’s our time to be leaders by example.”

The Forum’s choice for reaching out to students from Pomona came from Forum mediator Emmett Terrell. He is the Assistant Superintendent of Personnel and Administration for PUSD.

“It is important that we connect as a University whenever possible with local school districts. We need to make every effort to help children continue their education,” said Terrell.

“The College Bound Hoop Challenge is to give them the opportunity to meet and talk with people that come from similar backgrounds and are working hard to achieve their goals,” said Terrell, and “to show them that college is doable.”

Fifth grade teacher John Koncki brought his students to the University for the second year.

“It’s fantastic,” he said. “My class is a limited English speaking class and although they can’t communicate as well with the college students, they get a lot out of this.”

After coming to the University, Koncki takes his students to California State University Fullerton to show them a public university to make them less intimidated with college. “This is all to show them that college is not as hard as they might think,” said Koncki.

“We plan to do this every year because every kid should have the opportunity,” said Williams.

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