Here we are! We are sitting on the steps where I was given my college diploma a couple of years ago.
Almost the entire after school program, staff and children, left the center to tour Fordham’s lovely campus. The children were E-C-S-T-A-T-I-C.
The older children wanted to know if it was going to be a fun trip and the young kids just wanted to play. I was worried something crazy was going to happen but when we got there, everything worked out for the good.
Two Fordham students (and Mary Mitchell volunteers), Erin and Nia, met us at the main gate. We split the children into groups by age.
They trekked all over campus. The pool, the library, the church, the cafe, the music room, the basketball court, the baseball field, Eddie’s parade, and finally the dorms.
Every where they went, they were mesmerized by the college life. The students, the band practicing, the ‘big buff guy playing frisbee’ , ‘the girl with the Pumas’, the art on the wall, the grass and trees, the flags, the banners, the lights, the long hallways, the water fountains, the kitchen area, even the bushes.
And, Fordham’s lovely students embraced them.
The older kids walked away saying, I played frisbee with the college students!! The girls are nice, they taught me how to do splits and flips!!
The younger kids walked away saying, I was a whale on the lawn and got to gobble up everything then, I went into the castle and drank water from the water fountain!
I walked away simply exhausted.
At the end of the trip, everyone declared that they wanted to go to college. Even staff wanted to attend Fordham.