About 400 fifth-graders visited the College of Charleston on Monday as part of the college’s Literacy Outreach Initiative.

The goal is to engage college students in the community around literacy and expose elementary students to the college.

The college has a partnership with Charleston County schools, and it sends Honors College students into seven high-poverty schools for about a month to work with elementary students. Grade school students later visit the college and do activities related to their classroom instruction.

Last year, the program involved fourth-graders and history lessons. This year, organizers decided to continue working with the now fifth-graders while adding a new crop of fourth-graders, essentially doubling the program’s reach. They also focused on a new subject: science.

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