FVSU’s College of Education holds first Month of Young Adolescent

Nov. 7, 2012 – More than 220 central Georgia middle school students learned about arithmetic, science and geography during fun-filled activities at Fort Valley State University’s inaugural “Month of the Young Adolescent” recently held in the campus’ Health and Physical Education Complex. Dr. Eleanor Sikes, FVSU’s middle grades education program chair, and LaShunda Morris, an FVSU alum who earned a master’s in teaching, oversaw the Oct. 29 event.


Middle Grades Education chair Dr. Eleanor Sikes (center) with two College of Education students that helped coordinate the event.

“I hope the Month of the Young Adolescent Celebration will grow into an annual event,” said Sikes, who thanked the entire COE department for helping to launch the event. “Since middle school is also preparation time for high school and beyond, there is a need to get to these students early on to help them realize that they only have three years to get ready for the next phase of schooling and their lives.”

The Association for Middle Level Education, a professional group for middle school teachers, initiated the Month of the Young Adolescent. The one-day session exposes teens to the FVSU campus, by providing them with hands-on learning activities outside of their regular classroom.


Middle school students inside the Health and Physical Educationa complex receive a welcome during the Month of the Young Adolescent event.

Dr. Edward Hill, dean of FVSU’s College of Education, said that the university’s undergraduate and graduate students majoring in middle grades education organized the event.

“Since [our students] provided instruction [during] many of the workshops, it gave our future teachers an opportunity to apply and practices ideas and strategies that they learned in their method courses,” said Hill.

Hill explained that COE students served as role models in several events, including leading teams to campus that included alternative energy, nutrition, fitness competitions, flash card toss and “Geography in the Valley.” The COE’s partner, Star Base Robins, a Department of Defense educational program that provides a hands-on science, technology, engineering and math curriculum to students from local area schools.


Afterward, students enjoyed lunch from the campus’ Chick-fil-A restaurant.

According to Dana Goshorn, an Advancement Via Indivdiual Determination teacher and coordinator from Howard Middle School of Bibb County, “An essential part of our GEAR-Up Grant (a grant that prepares low-income students for postsecondary edcuation) encourages these types of activities and field trips to colleges are invaluable. Students came away bubbling over with information about the activities they did.”

For more information about FVSU’s middle school education program, please contact Sikes at (478) 825-6970 or sikese@fvsu.edu.


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