Mari McHenry, international community coordinator, shows grade-schoolers the power
of static electricity during Walk Into My Future in 2014. Below, Storm greets students
as they enter Zollner Athletic Stadium last year.
Photos by Dean Orewiler, multimedia specialist.
Students, faculty and staff ready
to help children explore possibilities
By Catherine E. Porter
communication and marketing ’16
ANGOLA, Ind. – More than 100 Trine University faculty, staff and student volunteers
will partake in a fun and educational event for local elementary school students next
Students in kindergarten through third grade in Lagrange, Hamilton, Fremont and Steuben
County schools will participate in Walk into My Future from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday,
Sept. 24 at Zollner Athletic Stadium, 721 Thunder Drive on Trine’s main campus.
“We are excited to host these children and show them why learning is important and
what’s possible with a college degree,” said Earl D. Brooks II, Ph.D., Trine president.
“It’s important to demonstrate to these bright and impressionable children that a
bright future is within their reach.”
The event will feature guest speaker State Rep. Denny Zent. Trine’s mascot, Storm,
will also be present throughout the day.
Trine is partnering with Cole Center Family YMCA and YMCA of Steuben County to offer this hands-on opportunity for children.
“The interaction with college students and chance to explore is very meaningful for
children,” said Krista Miller, CEO of YMCA of Steuben County. “This unique opportunity
provides children with a long-term and attainable goal; they can see what’s possible
when they get older.”
Walk into My Future gives elementary students a brief introduction to college and
encourages funding for a CollegeChoice 529 Direct Savings Plan. Students will have the opportunity to interact with members of the Trine community
as they move through career stations that each of Trine’s schools will host and demonstrate.
This event is part of the Indiana Promise initiative taking place in several northern
Indiana counties. The initiative starts the conversation in kindergarten about post-secondary
education and careers so from an early age students learn what is possible for the
Last year, more than 2,000 kindergarten through third-grade students from Westview,
Lakeland and Prairie Heights schools attended the event. This year, approximately
2,500 students and up to 3,000 total guests are expected to attend.