The first portion of the evening was a Bingo-style scavenger hunt of sorts designed to inform kids and their parents about all things college-related. Inside the school’s gymnasium, tables had been set up by different groups and clubs who are involved in promoting college education awareness, including (of course!) the Mount Holyoke College CBL program. As kids and parents filed into the gymnasium, each parent and child was handed a Bingo card filled with questions for the college student groups that were present. Attendees sought out answers to the questions in order to fill up their Bingo cards, which they later exchanged for a raffle ticket. Volunteers handed out free sunglasses, samples, and even offered face-painting.
Several of the attending Mount Holyoke CBL fellows and participants were native Spanish speakers, which facilitated communication with the parents and students who are still learning to speak English. As the kids and parents approached the CBL table to ask questions, our fellows were easily able to make them feel welcome and comfortable in conversation. “I’m from Miami, too!” said one boy with a wide grin after discovering that he and Scarlett Montenegro shared a hometown. The CBL students shared stories and college experiences with enthusiasm, and in doing so created positive associations with college in the minds of Holyoke residents of all ages.
The next Hip Hop (R)evolution will take place next spring, and the Mount Holyoke College CBL program will be there as always, helping to provide information to and promote success among the kids at the Peck school!