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Polk County students tour UNCA

Students from Polk County's Sunny View Elementary visited several local schools, including UNCA, in preparation for their college years. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

Campus tours help students find out what local colleges and universities have to offer. But the tours aren't limited to just high school students.

Students from Polk County's Sunny View Elementary visited several local schools, including UNCA, in preparation for their college years.

"So, really, completing the college part is the most important thing you can do to both further how much money you're going to make and to further what kind of jobs are available to you, what you're qualified to do," the students were told on their stop at UNCA.

UNCA's Marcus Roberson talked with the students about picking their paths and what UNCA has to offer.

Sunny View Principal Kevin Weis said the visit provided students with information about what they'll be facing.

"They'll be in school for a lot fewer hours. There is a lot more studying going on. So, that is something they have to think about, for sure," Weis said.

The Sunny View students know they have to focus on their classes today so they're prepared for tomorrow.

They also participated in a scavenger hunt on the UNCA campus, searching for school mascot Rocky and other other landmarks.

Students said the visit was eye-opening.

"We get a feel of how it's going to be when we grow up, and we get ready to go into college and all of that," Caedyn, a fifth-grader, said.

"Like the guy was saying, they can think about moneywise and think ahead of themselves so they'll be prepared and they can choose their college early," fifth-grader Thaddeus

said.

The students also toured Gardner-Webb University and North Greenville University. The field trips were made possible thanks to a grant from the Polk County Community Foundation.

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