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Charlottesville 6th Graders Experience a Day in the Life at UVA

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Some Charlottesville students are getting a jump-start on college life.  About 40 sixth graders left Walker Upper Elementary Wednesday to spend a day on grounds at the University of Virginia.

It's called the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) Program.  It's designed to help students start thinking about going to college a full seven years before they move into the dorms.

The students spent about three hours touring the University of Virginia lawn, the dining hall, and taking part in college-level science experiments in the chemistry building Wednesday.  This semiannual field trip is a part of the Day in the Life Program sponsored by the Phi Sigma Pi Honor Coed Fraternity.

"For some kids, college is never really an expectation or a goal for them and I hope at least maybe one kid out of the 30 that are here now wants to go college," said Phi Sigma Pi Vice President Jamie Dean.

Trevon Jackson, a sixth grade student, said, "I sort of think it's a good thing because I'm thinking about my future and it's going to help me, and I need to go to college to get a good education and get a good job."

Each year the fraternity also offers free tutoring to students in Charlottesville and Albemarle County.

The fraternity says they've been involved in this program since 2002, mentoring more than 10,000 students in the Charlottesville area, providing more than 57,000 hours of tutoring.

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