Humboldt 5th Graders Visit Bethel


Lucas Dill of Huntingdon and Carey Bell of Paris were some of the Bethel University students who gave guided tours to students from East Elementary School in Humboldt when more than 100 fifth graders visited the schools McKenzie campus recently.

Bethel University’s Education Department hosted the fifth grade classes from East Elementary School in Humboldt recently.
More than 100 fifth graders arrived on the school’s McKenzie campus and were greeted by education majors who gave guided tours of the Bethel campus. The students had a picnic lunch on the grounds and got to have a real feel for college life getting to hear Bethel’s Renaissance performing arts choir and watching and participating in presentations by student organizations.
     The Humboldt group is just the beginning of what Bethel says they would like to do in planting seeds with young students that a college education is feasible.
     According to the Digest of Education Statistics, in 2006 the percentage of high school completers in Tennessee who enrolled in college was around 64 percent, just slightly lower than the national average of 66 percent.
Education faculty members at Bethel said they want to see that number rise.
     Affiliated with the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Bethel University offers both bachelor’s and master’s degrees through a variety of learning platforms.