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New Creek First-Graders Taste College Life at Frostburg State University

New Creek First-Graders Taste College Life at Frostburg State University
Students from a New Creek Elementary School first grade class listen to a staff member from Frostburg State University’s Children’s Literature Centre during their recent tour of the Centre and other campus landmarks.

First-graders from New Creek Primary School, Keyser, W.Va., skipped several grade levels when they got a taste of life on the Frostburg State University campus recently. The 24 students, experienced college life when they took part in a field trip with their teacher, Melanie Williams, organized by the university Children’s Literature Centre.

Students began the day with a tour of the Children’s Literature Centre, and attempted to estimate how many books were stored in the Centre’s overflowing bookshelves. The answer was more than 6,000, a number larger than most first-graders encounter in their math classes.

Later, the children listened to a reading of “What a Treasure!” by Will Hillenbrand, which was performed by the Centre staff; Dr. William Bingman, Dr. Barbara Ornstein, Hannah Hare, Sarah Fuller, Courtney Hersch and Patrick Burke. Hillenbrand was a featured author at the 2013 Spring Festival of Children’s Literature, and the children were lucky enough to receive a picture book signed by Hillenbrand himself.

After each designing their own treasure box, and stuffing it with their own treasured items, the students departed on a tour of the FSU campus which included the Compton Science Center and Cordts Physical Education Center.

The New Creek students settled in to FSU college life surprisingly well, by some similarities between the two schools. Both New Creek and FSU share the same school color of red, and both use the paw-print emblem. The New Creek students were only given away by their height.

The Children’s Literature Centre organizes several events to promote reading and literacy throughout the year. More information on links between the Children’s Literature Centre and local schools can be found on, on Twitter @CLCFSU and on Facebook at


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