M State welcomes students for 'Walk Into My Future'

Seeds for HopeNearly 1,400 area children in grades kindergarten through 5 will come together for “Walk Into My Future” on Monday, July 22, on the Moorhead campus of Minnesota State Community and Technical College

The second annual “Walk Into My Future” event is part of the Seeds for Hope collaborative community program, which encourages college and career awareness among young students by taking them on campus tours and involving them in college-related activities.

 “This event is a fabulous way for the youth in our community to see what education has to offer,” said Lorrie Thoemke, vice president of learning centers at YMCA of Cass and Clay Counties. “The children love seeing the campus, exciting demonstrations and doing activities relating to careers.”

Two sessions are planned at M State, the first from 9 a.m. to noon and the second from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.

The goal of the event, said Robin Nelson, chief executive officer of Boys & Girls Club of the Red River Valley/Youth Commission, is to help students “build their dreams for the future and envision themselves pursuing a relevant education path after they graduate from high school."

“Many students attending this event are from underrepresented, low-income or otherwise challenging situations,” Nelson said.

The participating students are served by the Boys & Girls Club of the Red River Valley/Youth Commission and the YMCA of Cass and Clay Counties. “Walk Into My Future” is sponsored by Fargo Public Schools Development Foundation, Xcel Energy, Tri-College University, College SAVE Bank of North Dakota's 529 Plan, Eventide Senior Living, John Deere and Heartland Trust Company.