Each May RWU welcomes the entire 5th grade group from the Bristol/Warren Regional School District for a special program.
Fifth Grade day is sponsored by Bristol/Warren Regional School District and Roger Williams University’s Feinstein Center for Service Learning and Community Engagement and the Office of Student Programs and Leadership. RWU 5th Grade Day program was established in 2008.
The purpose of the program is to provide fifth graders with an opportunity to explore the possibility of future careers, set high academic goals, tour the campus and participate in team building activities. The program stresses the importance of starting early in getting a good education and the academic background necessary to pursue their chosen careers.
Over 100 student volunteers from RWU guide the 5th graders through campus life, including campus tours and discussions on majors, athletics, clubs and organizations on campus.
The 5th grade students arrive on campus and hear opening remarks from the Bristol/Warren Regional School District Superintendent and the President of RWU. Students take a tour of the campus that includes sites meant to inspire and intrigue the 5th grade mind – the robotics lab, marine science touch tanks and Wall Street Trading Room.
Prior to arriving on campus, each 5th grader selects a major. During the day they will sit in small groups with an RWU student who is studying that major. Each 5th grade student is given a resource sheet that lists websites and books to explore now, as well as specific academic skills they should master to pursue the major.
Throughout the course of their day on campus, students listen to a presentation from Student Senate on teamwork and leadership and partake in activities in the gym alongside RWU athletes to learn more about campus life.
The day’s events conclude with a speech from the Senior Vice President for Enrollment Management. Her remarks focus on what students need to accomplish to be admitted to college.