On November 6, 2014, 122 third graders from West End Elementary School in Anderson, SC visited campus to see the play, “The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley” at the Brooks Center. Following the play, the children moved to the Hendrix Center, where they met students enrolled in the Moore Scholars Program. The third graders were divided into small groups in which Moore Scholars taught them letter-writing lessons. Each student was given a Flat Stanley to take home. The students wrote their Moore Scholar a letter and designed their Stanley according to their own tastes. Some Stanleys were even tigers! With the help of third grade teacher and Clemson alumnae Carlie Maute, the students mailed their letters and Stanleys to the Moore Scholars. The Moore Scholars then took the Stanleys on adventures all over the University and to the Clemson-USC game and to help cheer on the Tigers to a victory! Then, the Stanleys accompanied the Moore Scholars as they went home for the holidays, travelling to such far away places as Chicago. The Stanleys have now traveled back home to their children, accompanied by letters from the Moore Scholars telling of their wild adventures.
The Moore Scholars Multimedia Art Camp is a one-week experience that takes place each summer right before school starts back during August. Middle school students are invited to participate in activities geared toward helping them create civic engagement-themed projects that might include music videos, radio spots, commercials, art projects, short plays, and other works that incorporate 21st century technology with creative and critical thinking. Students may choose a morning or afternoon session. For more information, please contact Angie Rogers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In August of 2014, the Moore Scholars hosted 29 students on campus from the Tamassee DAR School, Northside Elementary School, Walhalla Middle School, and Walhalla High School. The theme of the camp was Civic Engagement. Students created videos with topics such as stopping human trafficking, animal abuse, or deforestation; promoting getting involved in the community by volunteering at nursing homes or animal shelters; and gathering intergenerational stories to learn the histories of other people in our communities and schools. In another exciting project promoting fitness and sports, two DAR students were able to meet with a Clemson basketball player to talk about his training tips and play basketball with him. In this sample video, students from Walhalla Middle and High School promote the idea of teaming up to stand up against bullies and have a positive self-image. The script for the video, choreography, singing, photography, and videography are all done by the students themselves, with the support of their Moore Scholar mentors.
The Greenville Early College Program is a new program for middle school students in the School District of Greenville County and involves a partnership with Clemson University, Furman University, and USC Upstate. Its mission is to provide “college experiences, academic assistance, and acceleration for participants.” The Moore Scholars host visits to Clemson’s campus for GEC students and teachers throughout the academic year. During the middle school students' visits to Clemson, the Moore Scholars take the participants on tours of the housing, the athletic facilities, the Digital Media Lab in Tillman Hall, and the Arts and Creativity Lab in Godfrey Hall. They also participate in scavenger hunts, designed by Moore Scholars, designed to orient them to the campus and learn about the history of Clemson University.
Moore Scholars have engaged in a collaboration with the Emerging Scholars program during the spring semester this year. Emerging Scholars is an outreach program in which students from some of the poorest districts in the I-95 Corridor of South Carolina attend summer classes at Clemson over three summers during their high school careers. This year, the Moore Scholars mentored Emerging Scholars both online and during two field trips to the low country to help develop an Emerging Scholars debate team. While in the Corridor, the Moore Scholars visited local elementary, middle, and high schools, and other community landmarks, such as hospitals and libraries. The Moore Scholars also participated in a simulation activity in a grocery store in which they had to make a grocery list based on a limited amount of income, while attempting to plan healthy meals for a family of four.