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Kemp Primary students tour colleges

Kemp Primary students recently participated in a field trip touring local colleges. (Special Photo)

Kemp Primary students recently participated in a field trip touring local colleges. (Special Photo)

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Kemp Primary students learned about what it takes to attend college during a recent guided tour of Atlanta colleges. (Special Photo)

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Youngsters learned about potential career choices during a recent field trip to colleges at the Atlanta University Center. (Special Photo)

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A group of girls from Kemp Primary School in Hampton paid Spelman College a visit this month. (Special Photo)

ATLANTA — Their eyes were wide and energetic despite the cold that gripped them as they toured the historic campuses.

They are students from Kemp Primary School in Hampton, and they recently participated in a field trip to tour several colleges in Atlanta.

School counselor Annette McCraw said the trip was part of the school’s curriculum to fulfill the state mandate to prepare students for post-secondary education and career training.

“This is just one way to explore that endeavor,” said McCraw.

She said several classes toured the Atlanta University Center, splitting off into gender-specific groups that were guided on the Morehouse College and Spelman College campuses. A mixed group of boys and girls toured Clark Atlanta University and the Morehouse School of Medicine.

“This is a part of our challenge to showcase different career choices to our students,” said McCraw.

Part of the goal is to expose students to the culture and give them a glimpse into potential education opportunities and future careers.

McCraw said the trips also are designed to be exciting and engaging to the youth. She said a group was able to go on a scavenger hunt at Georgia State University last year.