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First Graders take in a class on animal habitat at Penn State DuBois.
First Graders take in a class on animal habitat at Penn State DuBois.
5/12/2011 —

DuBois – First Graders from the Brockway Area School District spent their spring field trip at Penn State DuBois, getting an early taste of the college experience.


The students attended short classes at the campus, prepared by members of the Penn State DuBois chapter of the Student Pennsylvania State Education Association

(PSEA).  The theme for the lessons was animal habitats, and kindergarteners learned about animals that live in the desert, the polar regions, the sea, the rainforest, and the woodlands.


Students learned about animal adaptation through presentations and hands-on activities, and learned about safety in the local woodlands.


Penn State students who participated were Christopher Albert, Naomi Burnell, Janet Cahilly, Lauren Gaspari, Andrew Piccolo, and Dave Swatsworth.


"This event was a win-win for both schools," said Senior Instructor in Education Pamela Hufnagel. "The Penn State students, who are all preparing for careers in education, had an opportunity to prepare a lesson and present it multiple times, and the students at Brockway Elementary had a nice field trip, and a great learning experience." 

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