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Middle school students go to college for a day

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) - Thursday was a typical day at the University of Iowa, but many of the students on campus weren't your typical college students.

"We're doing it to like help us prepare and teach us the different categories you can go into to have a better education," said Jaeda Hernandez, 8th Grade.

Hundreds of  middle schoolers were on campus, all involved with the African American Awareness Program in Cedar Rapids schools. It's for students who identify with African American culture, have a GPA of 2.5 or higher, and have a good attendance record.

"It's really fun they teach us about like African American studies and like the Civil Rights Movement," said Lindsay Gordon, 6th Grade. "All that stuff that everyone should know."

Thursday's lesson was to show kids what it's like to go to college. Kids read a book and discussed it in a classroom setting.

"I learned that it was really hard and some of the teachers like to really talk to you, get to know you," said Iman Love, 8th Grade.

The kids even got to eat like college students. The goal is to show these kids they can go to college but preparing starts now.

"We really should start in elementary letting students know that they can go to college," said Kimberly Abram - Bryant, AAAP Facilitator. "College is an option for them."

Several offices at the University of Iowa worked together to put on today's program. The UI College of Education has partnerships with many school districts in eastern Iowa.

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