UCLA students led students from Johnnie Cochran Middle School to a science field trip at the Griffith Observatory May 20. The project was organized by UCLA Circle K International, a collegiate community service organization sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Santa Monica.
Following this year’s International Service Initiative, “Focusing on the Future: Children,” the goal of the project was to provide marginalized middle school students with the inspiration and encouragement they need to grow as active learners.
“The students were very enthusiastic and excited to learn about the diverse topics,” said Vivian Wong, organizer of the large-scale service project. “We exposed them to intriguing and engaging science projects and exhibits at the Griffith Observatory, and I hope it inspired and encouraged motivation, active participation, and dedication to academics (particularly in STEM).”
The middle school students spent time with college volunteers who gave them insight on how to succeed in school. “Overall, I hope this service project will inspire students to dedicate themselves to education, and perhaps inspire their peers to do the same,” said Wong.
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