St. Scholastica will host 375 high school students for Northern TRIO Day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25.
Federal TRIO programs provide services for students from disadvantaged backgrounds. TRIO programs include the McNair Scholars program, Student Support Services, Talent Search, Upward Bound, and Upward Bound Math-Science. Participating students receive mentorship and guidance to attend college and graduate school.
On Feb. 24, 1986, Congress designated a "National TRIO Day" to commemorate the annual achievements of the Federal TRIO programs in communities across the country. Every year since then, the fourth Saturday in February has been observed as National TRIO Day - an opportunity to focus attention on "the needs of disadvantaged young people and adults aspiring to improve their lives if they are to become contributing citizens of the country, and to the talent which will be wasted if that investment is not made."
Organizers of Northern TRIO Day expect to attract students from across the region, as far away as Bemidji. The theme of the day is "Think, Do, Be: Positive." Activities will begin with a traditional Native American drum ceremony, welcoming remarks from St. Scholastica Monastery Sister Lisa Maurer, who is a volunteer kicking coach with the Saints football team, and video messages from Mayor Emily Larson and U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken. St. Scholastica Dean of Students Megan Perry-Spears will give remarks aimed at inspiring the students to strive for greatness in their future academic endeavors.
The day's schedule will include a presentation from improv Comedy Sportz (CSZ Twin Theaters), blood donations through Memorial Blood Centers, Zumba classes, workshops on wellness, academics, and financial literacy, career development breakout sessions, and professional development for TRIO staff members. Students have the opportunity to take part in breakout sessions covering a variety of topics (listed below). These sessions will be held from 1 to 1:45 p.m. and from 1:55 to 2:40 p.m. MNTRIO President Kelli Stegall will provide closing remarks.
Breakout session topics:
-Keep Calm, I'm (Almost) a Nurse: Attend this session to learn about nursing and meet with a current St. Scholastica nursing student to get some tips about being successful in nursing school.
-Understanding 911 (help us help you): Get a glimpse into how the 911 emergency communication system works.
-The Game of Life: Learn about different ways to pay for college, average student loan tuition payment, and scholarships and grants.
-The Best Workshop Ever on Graduate School: Many advanced careers require graduate school. What does this mean?
-Being You: Unleash the fun and creative power of being true to yourself.
-Escape Room: Breakout EDU is the classroom version of the popular "escape room" entertainment trend. Participants will have 30 minutes to "break into" a locked box.
-There is no "I" in Group Work: A session to learn best practices for group projects.
-Medical Knowledge that is Shockingly Interesting: Learn about using an AED (Automated External Defibrillator).
-The Story of Saffron and Grey: Two small-town sisters in business together.
-#AltFacts. Lies. Mistruths: Learn how students find success during their first year at college. Explore the ups and downs of the "W Curve." Hear colorful anecdotes of college life.
-Fire Chief Dennis Edwards will present on, "Do you have what it takes to be a firefighter?"