Nearly 2,000 energetic and excited kindergartners will visit Fullerton College on Friday, April 27 for the 23rd annual KinderCaminata. The event inspires children to begin thinking about higher education and careers in the early stages of their education.
More than 70 kindergarten classes from Anaheim City, Fullerton, and La Habra City school districts will enjoy over 40 hands-on learning experiences presented by Fullerton College students, faculty, and staff.
“Our goal is to inspire children at the beginning of their education,” said KinderCaminata Coordinator Karen Vernon. “We want them to visualize themselves in the Fullerton College students who will be volunteering and interacting with them throughout the event.”
Nearly 350 faculty, staff, and student volunteers will assist at career stations throughout the campus, in the main quad, classrooms, labs, and athletic fields. The career stations are a fun and interactive way to expose children to the plethora of careers. Career stations will include themes such as “Video Production with a Green Screen” sponsored by the Journalism Department, “Laser Cutting Buzzy Goggles” hosted by the Printing Program and “It’s All About the Brain,” facilitated by the Psychology Department.
The annual event has achieved its mission for the last 23 years by adopting Cesar Chavez’s “Si Se Puede” (Yes you can; it is possible) motto. In many cases, KinderCaminata provides an opportunity for children to step onto a college campus for the very first time.
“Many say it’s an eye-opening experience for their students, since many of them never leave their city, let alone go visit a college with their families,” Vernon said.
In addition to the event itself, children are participating in a week of classroom lessons and activities to learn about Cesar Chavez and what his motto can mean for their own lives.
KinderCaminata runs from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. For more information visit http://socsci.fullcoll.edu/kindercaminata.