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Latino Students from Albemarle Elementary Schools Tour UVA

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Elementary school students from Albemarle County are learning that it's never too early to start thinking about going to college - and for these students a college degree holds even more value, because many would be the first in their families to have the opportunity.

Albemarle County Schools wanted to focus their outreach on Latino families from the Southwood and Crenshaw neighborhoods with the goal of letting them know that college is in reach with the right planning.

Wednesday, 120 students and their parents toured portions of the University of Virginia to learn more about how to begin preparing for the college. An admissions representative talked to parents.

Members of the UVA soccer team also scrimmaged with the students to help make the point that athletics got them to the university, but academics is what kept them there.

One mother shared what it would mean to her to see her child go to UVA.

"It would be so incredible. I would be so proud of them. She would be one of the first ones to graduate from college, so it would be excellent,” said Meyli Barragan, parent.

"We just need to make sure that what we're saying is that we want the parents involved, so this is a perfect activity where the parents are here, the children are here and it's a lot of fun. Everyone's having fun,” said Gloria Rockhold, community engagement manager for Albemarle County Schools.

The event was held in conjunction with UVA’s Latino Student Alliance.

There are about 50 UVA students who volunteer as tutors and mentors to these children year-round. This is the second year Albemarle County has held this event and they are already looking forward to next year.

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