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Fifth-graders visit UM campus to learn about programs, opportunities

Posted May 03, 2013, at 4:21 p.m.

ORONO, Maine — Approximately 220 fifth-grade students from Brewer, Old Town, Southwest Harbor, and Millinocket attended the 3rd annual Weight Watchers of Maine “Black Bears of Tomorrow” program Friday at the University of Maine.

Black Bears of Tomorrow is 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 experience where students typically live, eat and study on campus.

The tour included visits to the New Balance Fitness Center, a dormitory, Memorial Student Union, and Fogler Library. In the morning, students played 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 campus and watched the physics show, before coming to Alfond Arena to have lunch.

The fifth-graders enjoyed hearing from Coach Amy Vachon and several Maine Women’s Basketball players, who spoke about how important it is to go to college to unlock life’s possibilities. Finally, the kids got a private tour of the men’s hockey locker room and facilities.

Weight Watchers of Maine is an independent franchise of Weight Watchers International, and is a Proud Partner of the Black Bears.

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