Almost 120 three, four and five year-olds from the Edcouch-Elsa Early Childhood Development Center were among the youngest students to visit The University of Texas-Pan American recently.
The group of migrant students visited the UTPA Visitor Center in hopes of learning more about University life, and the importance of receiving a higher education.
"We need to provide exposure that goes above and beyond," said Adam Sabedra, assistant principal at the center. "Although they are young, they need to start thinking about a university. It's important to start early because we'll either inspire them to get educated, or we'll lose them."
The children spent the morning learning about the University by watching videos and speaking to UTPA representatives. The group also received a surprise visit from the University mascot, Bucky the Bronc.
Yvonne Alsbury, associate director for New Student and Visitor Services, said the University was excited to have such a young crowd come to campus and hopes that their time at the University sparked an interest in continuing their education.
"We were truly excited about having such a young group visit us at the University," Alsbury said. "We believe that there is great value in exposing students to the university environment at all ages because it goes a long way towards de-mystifying higher education and provides early opportunities to ensure that students know that UTPA is their institution and their future."