June 19, 2018
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More than 200 fifth-graders participate in Maine Black Bears of Tomorrow program

ORONO, Maine — Approximately 220 fifth-grade students from Brewer, Old Town, Southwest Harbor and Millinocket attended the third annual Weight Watchers of Maine Black Bears of Tomorrow program Friday on the University of Maine campus.

Black Bears of Tomorrow is a program designed to introduce the 10- and 11-year-olds to what it is like to attend a college class through an interactive physics show, as well as show them where students live, eat and study on campus.

The tour included visits to the New Balance Fitness Center, a dormitory, the Student Union and Fogler Library.

In the morning, students had the opportunity to play on Morse Football Field at Alfond Stadium, where head softball coach Lynn Coutts and head baseball coach Steve Trimper spoke about how an overall healthy lifestyle not only includes eating healthy and exercise, but also a healthy education and mind.

Students then toured the campus, watched the physics show and had lunch at Alfond.

At Alfond, assistant women’s basketball coach Amy Vachon spoke to the fifth-graders about how important it is to go to college to unlock life’s possibilities.

The students then received a tour of Alfond Arena.

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