Panther Cub Day inspires hundreds of young minds

Publish Date: 
May 15, 2017

On May 10, 2017, I had the pleasure to welcome 200 Gonzales Unified School District fourth graders to our campus for the annual Panther Cub Day series of events. This yearly tradition is part of our collaboration with the Monterey County College Challenge (M3C) and its main purpose is to build a college going culture in our community. Throughout the school year, these fourth graders have received career and college exploration instruction, and Panther Cub Day serves as the culminating event. During their visit, our future Panthers enjoyed a special performance by our Theater and Cinema students. The lively skits covered topics such as financing college, diversity of course offerings, and gave the young students an opportunity to share what they want to be when they grow up. Our future Panthers shared their goals of becoming dentists, veterinarians, teachers, and police officers! In addition, they learned about the exciting aspects of science through a demonstration by Tito Polo from our Physics department. This powerful presentation had our young panthers and teachers in awe over how fun science can be.

Our day concluded with a tour of the campus where our young Panthers interacted with Salinas Valley Health Professions Pathway students in their Nursing and Allied Health classrooms. They also received presentations by the TRiO program, and visited our Library's anatomical models (how fun is that!).  Big thanks to all students and staff who participated in making this day a special one for all the children.

Our Alisal Union School District Panther Cub event will take place, Friday, June 2, 2017.