A holiday treat: College visit

Daytona State hosts hundreds of local students for dinner concert and tour

COMPILED BY DAYTONA TIMES STAFF

Hundreds of students in the Food Brings Hope program were treated to dinner, a concert and a tour by Daytona State College on Dec. 4. This was the college’s sixth year in a row hosting students in the non-profit program for a holiday event. Students from 12 local schools participated.

Forough B. Hosseini, center, Food Brings Hope founder and chair, chats with students from Turie T. Small Elementary at Daytona State College’s annual holiday concert and dinner.(PHOTOS COURTESY OF FOOD BRINGS HOPE)
Forough B. Hosseini, center, Food Brings Hope founder and chair, chats with students from Turie T. Small Elementary at Daytona State College’s annual holiday concert and dinner.
(PHOTOS COURTESY OF FOOD BRINGS HOPE)

The holiday festivities began with dinner in the college’s Student Center sponsored by Sodexo and served by Daytona State’s volleyball and softball team members.

During the evening, schools were taken on a guided tour of the campus by Student Government Association. The visiting students also were able to learn about and visit departments such as culinary, cosmetology, welding, science, and photography. The tour’s aim was to familiarize them with what college classrooms look like and what degrees they can think about attaining.

More than 400 students and Food Brings Hope sponsors participated in the event.

Westside Elementary KidsZone students pose with Santa and Mrs. Claus before the start of Daytona State’s holiday event.
Westside Elementary KidsZone students pose with Santa and Mrs. Claus before the start of Daytona State’s holiday event.

Classical music too
The students also were treated to a musical extravaganza by Daytona State’s music department.

Food Bring Hope offers school-based programs termed “KidsZone” in elementary schools and “TeenZone” in the upper grades) that provide meals, tutoring and activities for at-risk students.

“I loved the classical music at the concert. I was in TeenZone last year, and I was so happy that we got to come again,” said Camron Thomas, a seventh-grader at Campbell Middle School.

“Bringing our students onto a college campus teaches them that college is not a scary place. We hope that this visit has opened their eyes to the many opportunities available to them,” said Forough B. Hosseini, Food Brings Hope founder and chair. “The campus tour and concert are some of the enrichment activities we provide for our students so that they are able to reach their fullest potential.’’

For more information about Food Brings Hope, visit www.FoodBringsHope.org.

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