On a gorgeous April day, several busloads of Big/Little matches spent a day exploring the East Bank of the University of Minnesota. The 122 Littles included students from six sites: Jefferson, Pratt, Marcy, Sullivan/Anishanabe, FAIR, and PCYC, and ranged in age from K-8th grade. “Big Day at the U” is an annual highlight for school-based Big Brothers and Big Sisters. University of Minnesota students who are volunteer Bigs have a day to host their Littles on campus.
Wearing their special issue “I Get By With A Little Help From My Big” maroon and gold t-shirts, the Littles got to see what many of their Bigs do during their time in college in a day packed with hands-on activities and demonstrations. Student clubs, academic programs, athletic opportunities, service projects, international travel, the military, and performing arts groups all shared their interests with the students.
Many Littles were particularly taken with the pre-med American Student Association activities. “That was really great because a lot of our Littles are interested in going into medicine,” said Big Brothers Big Sisters School-based Match Coordinator Emily Johnson. Another group got to have some special vocal training with a capella group The Comebacks, who taught the kids the Pharrell Williams’ song “Happy.”
And “HAPPY” is what those busloads of Littles were as they took some great new memories with them back to their schools!
Big Brothers Big Sisters is very grateful to all the University of Minnesota students who rolled out the maroon carpet for our group, with special thanks to: