DURHAM -- On February 10th, eight kids from Hart Middle School in Washington, DC, visited Duke’s campus via the Brian K. Betts Foundation for Educational Enrichment. The BKB foundation continues the legacy of Brian K Betts, a passionate advocate for children’s education, through the 2nd annual college connection campus visit at Duke.
According to the BKB website, the College Connection is an initiative offering opportunities for middle school students whose parents did not attend college to visit and experience a college campus. The trip to Duke aimed to inspire these kids to reach their goals of attending college.
The middle schoolers started off their day by attending Duke football practice, meeting with an admissions officer, and attending the class Sports Ethics. Football practice showed them how hard the players work in the morning and still have to attend class and balance their schoolwork in the afternoons and evenings. The admissions officer discussed with them what to focus on over the next couple of years in high school, and during the class they participated side by side with the students. As they spent their day at Duke they got to interact with student-athletes from all different sports.
After lunch on campus and a trip to the bookstore, the kids had the opportunity to meet Duke men’s basketball players Tyler Thornton (a DC native) and Rasheed Sulaimon. Tyler and Rasheed spoke to the kids the importance of a good education and attending college. They were eager to ask the basketball players all sorts of questions about their career aspirations, study habits, and how it takes hard work and dedication to earn a college degree.
After talking with Tyler and Rasheed, the kids got to finish a little homework of their own before making posters for the women’s basketball game vs. UNC on ESPN2. The game provided the kids with the opportunity to be immersed in a high-spirited environment that made them feel like Duke students and Cameron Crazies for a day.
After a few dances on the jumbotron, their day in the life of a college student came to an end and they returned home to DC the following morning inspired and refreshed about their education and futures.