An Eye-Opening Trip for 8th Graders to Portland State University

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We took the entire 8th grade to Portland State University in February and our Neahkahnie students excelled. They participated, were outgoing and gregarious throughout the day.

Students attended sessions on a variety of topics, were given swag for winning little contests and participating. There were many highlights, but my favorite was during a session on engineering careers at which three of our students built the highest spaghetti marshmallow tower that any group has ever built at this Viking 101 program.

The Mudd Nick Foundation is leveling the playing field for disadvantaged students who might never visit a college campus, much less attend college. The impact is evident in this student’s statement – “Before this trip I knew nothing about college, and never thought I would go, but now I might go. This was an awesome trip.” –Sabrina

Kathryn Harmon – Librarian –Neahkahnie Middle School and Neahkahnie High School

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