Valparaiso University welcomes first-graders for glimpse of college life

In brightly colored T-shirts from every color in the rainbow, 1,800 Porter County first graders ran from station to station on the lawn outside the Valparaiso University Center for the Arts Thursday.

They learned about American Sign Language and caught footballs thrown gently by members of the football team, played “Duck, Duck, Goose,” caught some improve and laughed on the first truly spring day of the year.

More importantly, organizers of “Walk Into My Future” said the students, from every elementary school in the county, learned what their future could bring if they choose to pursue it – continuing their education beyond high school.

“We want them to be excited about college. If they come to Valparaiso University, that’s a bonus,” said Diane Noe, a director of operations at VU.