Society & Culture

Media advisory: Woodward Elementary students to visit UGA Dec. 3

Athens, Ga. – Fifth grade math students from Woodward Elementary School in Brookhaven will be visiting the University of Georgia campus Dec. 3.

The 115 students have followed SEC football teams and used their newly acquired math skills to analyze each team’s performance. Woodward teacher Scarlett Childers taught the students to use these skills to graph, create fractions, decimals and percentages, make tables and even learn geography through SEC football statistics. Next semester, these students will apply these skills to analyze SEC basketball and baseball teams.

The tour of the UGA campus is Childers’ way to show her students—many of whom are at high risk and in need—that she is proud of them and hard work truly pays off, she said.

“I hope this experience helps my children visualize their goals as students so they have the desire to work hard in school and want to achieve,” said Childers. “This new way of learning and partnership with UGA will open their eyes and minds to what they can have if they work for it.”

The students will learn about admissions and college life, meet an athletic statistician and a current athlete, tour Sanford Stadium and Stegeman Coliseum, and meet students who grew up in communities similar to their communities.

The planned schedule is:

9:30 a.m. Buses arrive at Arch
9:40 a.m. Presentations from Admissions at Terrell Hall
10 a.m. Student panel discussion at Terrell Hall
10:30 a.m. Tour of North Campus hosted by Goizeuta Ambassadors
11:15 a.m. Tour of Sanford Stadium by Charley Whittemore
12:30 p.m. At Stegeman Coliseum:
                 Lunch provided by Krystal
                 Presentation by student athlete
                 Presentation by Christopher Lakos, who keeps stats for UGA Baseball team
                 Tour of Stegeman Coliseum by Robert Miles
2 p.m. Depart on buses for a student-led tour of East Campus

To raise funds for their field trip, students sold pizza and held events at a Brookhaven Laundromat.

Pat Allen, director of community relations at UGA, and Rosa Arroyo-Driggers, associate director of undergraduate admissions for diversity and access, are coordinating the visit.

“We know that our staff and student athletes will be inspired by these fifth graders and vice versa,” said Allen.

About Woodward Elementary
Woodward Elementary opened in 1958 in a densely populated neighborhood along the Buford Highway Corridor. The school has a richly diverse student population. Its mission is to ensure academic and personal achievement for all students by creating a collaborative learning community.

About UGA
Founded in 1785, the University of Georgia is America’s first state-chartered university and Georgia’s largest and most comprehensive educational institution. More information on the university is available at