Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Robinson Scholars Visit Special Collections:

On May 20th, the Robinson Scholars, a distinguished group of high school sophomores and juniors, came into Special Collections for a unique archives active learning experience.  The Robinson Scholars Program provides exceptional students from 29 eastern Kentucky counties with historically low college attendance with scholarships to the University of Kentucky upon high school graduation and completion of the program’s eligibility requirements.  

The program selects students when they are in the eighth grade to participate in various activities through their high school careers that help to provide academic support, social mentoring and college preparation. Part of that preparation includes bringing the students to UK during the summers to participate in camps that introduce them to the intellectual challenges of college life in a supportive environment.  

This year as one of their activities, the students completed an archival exercise on coal camps that was designed by Kate Black, allowing them to handle and begin to critically analyze primary source materials.  Sheli Saltsman led the exercise - Gail Kennedy, Ruth Bryan, and Deirdre Scaggs assisted.  Special Collections was thrilled to be able to work with the Robinson Scholar Program and to help make their college living camp a fun and educational success!

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