UW-Green Bay welcomes 1,600 Phuture Phoenix students

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - The UW-Green Bay campus is hosting more than 1,600 fifth-graders from across the area Wednesday and Thursday.

This is the 14th annual Phuture Phoenix campus visit.

The program partners with schools that have a high percentage of students from low-income families and encourages students to graduate high school and go to college.

Students get a look at how to pursue higher education as they get to experience college life inside and outside of the classroom.

"That's the whole point of Phuture Phoenix is to introduce them at a very young age to the possibilities. Many of the kids that we're bringing here to campus don't have anyone in their life who has gone to college. Their parents haven't, or they don't have older siblings," Phuture Phoenix director Mary Sue Lavin said.

More than 300 UWGB students have volunteered to be role models to the fifth-graders during their stay.

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