Eighteen Marion County students got the opportunity to travel to Frankfort for a tour of Kentucky State University and the state capitol building recently as a part of the MCPS Summer Dream Academy.
The group, comprised mostly of middle school students, stopped first at the capitol building for a brief tour and a group photo in the rotunda in front of the Abraham Lincoln statue.
“I loved the capitol building -- it was kind of big!” seventh-grader Terrence Flowers said.
Fellow seventh-grader Imyni Means agreed.
“I like the capitol -- it was cool,” she said. “The building is very, very big.”
From there, the group traveled to nearby Kentucky State University. For several students, the trip marked their first time visiting a college campus.
And unlike traditional tours, at KSU students were divided into two teams and went on a scavenger hunt for buildings and landmarks on campus before returning for lunch and an informational segment.
“I liked the scavenger hunt at KSU -- it was very different,” Means said. “It was very cool and very nice way to tour the school. ”
For Flowers, when the group first arrived on campus, he admits he was a little overwhelmed: “When I first got here I was like, ‘wait, what’s this place?’” However, he and the rest of the group spent well over an hour exploring the campus.
“It was interesting. The best part was learning about [the school’s] history,” Flowers said, adding that if he hadn’t attended the trip he most likely would have spent his day “doing nothing.”
The Kentucky State University and capitol building tour is one of nearly thirty summer camp opportunities offered through the MCPS Summer Dream Academy. To view a full line-up of remaining summer camp opportunities, click here.