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Read-In Brings Elementary School Students to Campus

More than 100 third graders participated in the annual Literacy Alive! Read-In event on campus. Hosted by the Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education, and offered as an extension of the North Star Reading Partners Initiative, Literacy Alive! is meant to be a first step in preparing students to be college ready. Through a series of hands-on events, students from Newell Elementary got a firsthand look at college life and the importance of education.

The third graders took a walking tour of campus in the morning, and then talked with COED students about the college experience. In the afternoon, they built and raced "puffer cars," in the day’s STEM education activity and sat for interactive read alouds with students and faculty.

"All eyes were lit with a new purpose for education and a new heart for learning. The energy on their faces sparked a sense of determination and ownership in their choices," said Jen Boysko, Literacy Facilitator at Newell Elementary. Boysko said the opportunity to directly experience the college environment was invaluable for the young students.

Seventh Class of Levine Scholars Named

Twenty young leaders from high schools across the United States comprise the seventh class of UNC Charlotte’s Levine Scholars Program. They will join the University starting with the fall 2016 semester.

The University’s most prestigious merit scholarship is valued at approximately $105,000 for in-state students and $155,000 for out-of-state students. It covers full tuition, fees, housing, meals, books and summer experiences. Additional funding is provided to support community service work and professional development during the scholars’ academic years.

"The response of top students from North Carolina and around the country continues to be outstanding," said Chancellor Philip L. Dubois. "As with the first six classes, the students who will join us this coming fall as Levine Scholars are among the very best that can be found. We are very pleased that they have chosen UNC Charlotte."