Volunteers Needed for Duke-Durham School Days on October 20

Staff and faculty are invited to help middle school students experience college with fun tour

Students explore Duke.

The half-day tour of the Duke University campus is designed to motivate students to pursue a path to college. It features visits to classrooms, labs, residence halls and other hubs of campus life. The students will get to hear from faculty members, current Duke students, and see innovative learning environments such as the Duke Motorsports Club workshop and Duke University School of Medicine surgical simulation lab.

“The volunteers get to accompany students as they explore the campus with Duke student guides, and in the process, get to go to places they may have never been before,” said David Stein, Director of Duke-Durham School Days. “They can get into residence halls and research labs, so they can learn a lot about Duke as well. We work here every day, but to see these kids as they experience campus can be really special.”

Duke staff and faculty members are encouraged to register to serve as chaperones. Roughly 80 volunteers are needed to escort small groups of students from 8:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. on Friday, October 20. All volunteers will receive breakfast, lunch and a T-shirt.

The deadline to register is Tuesday, October 10. There will be an optional training session from 11:15 a.m.-noon on Tuesday, October 17.

“We often talk about trying to create and inspire the next generation of leaders; well, our next generation of leaders are here. They’re in Durham Public Schools,” Kozma said. “And we have a great chance to bring them to campus and expose them to some of the thinking and curiosity that happens in this space.”

You can register to volunteer at community.duke.edu/program/school-days

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