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TRiO Educational Talent Search is hosting its first ever back to school picnic.
TRiO Talent Search Students Experiencing University Life

TRiO Talent Search Students Experiencing University Life /Tim Marroquin

TRiO Talent Search Back-To School Picnic

Who: TRiO Educational Talent Search
What: Back-to-school picnic
When: Wednesday, August 28, 2013; 5-7 PM
Where: Pinery Park, Wyoming, MI

Expect Food, Fun, Games, and Prizes for TRiO ETS students and families.

Grand Valley State University’s grant-based TRiO Educational Talent Search program will be holding its first annual Back-to-School Picnic on August 28, 2013 at Pinery Park in Wyoming. The picnic, which aims to celebrate the program’s first generation, low-income student body, will include different activities including face-painting, lunch bag decorating with Kids Food Basket, and back-to-school survival kit giveaways. The event will also bring its families together with a delicious barbecue spread.

TRiO Educational Talent Search (TRiO ETS), a part of Grand Valley’s College of Education, expects a turnout of 75 students and their families. With a student body whose participants attend various schools across Kent County, TRiO ETS can only expect that number to grow.

The idea of the picnic is to bring together like-minded students with a focus on college preparation. This is a time for TRiO ETS participants, most of whom have pledged to be the first in their families to go to college, to mingle with other students they may not get to see every day. The free food and fun events are only icing on the cake.

About the Program

TRiO Educational Talent Search has been active in the Grand Rapids community for over 35 years. Its goal: To provide talented students with college and career opportunities, and assist them in their path toward higher education.

TRiO ETS is a small nonprofit with one director, Sarah Keranen-Lopez, and three advisors who work directly with students to support them through middle and high school. During the school year, the director and her advisors provide their students with college visits, cultural experiences, and ACT prep. As well, a large part of their efforts center around the in-school workshops they host for their students. These workshops focus on the benefits of earning a college degree and the various ways one can accomplish that.


To learn more about TRiO Educational Talent Search, you can email Chad Patton, Program Advisor or call (616) 331-7110.


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