Embrace The Community: 'Class at the Court' Brings More Than 500 West Haven Students to the University of New Haven

Embrace The Community: 'Class at the Court' Brings More Than 500 West Haven Students to the University of New Haven





WEST HAVEN, Conn. - The New Haven Department of Athletics hosted their sixth annual "Class at the Court" event earlier this month on campus in West Haven. The event engaged fourth-grade students from West Haven in experiential learning and community engagement sessions with New Haven faculty and introduced them to the college environment.

More than 500 students arrived at 9:30 a.m. and broke into small groups, with student-athletes and staff from Charger athletic teams serving as campus guides. The hands-on experiences included sessions with New Haven professors and students on the subjects of language arts, math, forensic science and force.

In the language arts session, the students learned important tips for writing a news article and were treated to a tour of the campus' finance center. In their second breakout experiential learning session, students toured Gehring Hall and the Henry C. Lee Institute of Forensic Science while focusing on science with a demonstration of force and rebounding. As part of the math session at the David A. Beckerman Recreation Center, the basketball teams shot free throws as students recorded the success rate and represented their shooting percentages as fractions. Following the round robin, lunch was provided by Sodexo and served on campus at Bartels Hall.

The fourth graders concluded their day of college experiences with the women's basketball game against Saint Anselm at Charger Gymnasium. The students were greeted just inside the doors by Charlie the Charger and the entire Department of Athletics staff who presented them with t-shirts and a gift bag.

"Class at the Court" activities conclude when the women's basketball team once again visits each of the fourth grade classrooms to follow-up on the lessons from each experiential learning session.

The participating schools from the West Haven School District were Forest School, Seth G. Haley Elementary School, Mackrille School, Pagels School, Savin Rock Community School, Washington School, Our Lady of Victory and Saint Lawrence.

"Class at the Court" is part of the UNH Department of Athletics' broader community engagement efforts, which seeks to help the surrounding towns and community organizations while providing opportunities for student-athletes and coaches to give back to their communities.

Information, photos, and video feature provided by the athletic communications staff at New Haven

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