Carver students visit the University of Alabama at Birmingham during the Spring College Tour!

By Makayla Gary, 11th grader at Brien McMahon High School -- Today, we visited the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). It is their 50th anniversary. UAB is a public research university and the state’s largest employer. UAB is located in the Southside of downtown Birmingham encompassing more than 100 city blocks. Birmingham is the most populated city in Alabama and has a rich history with the civil rights movement. We could not visit Birmingham without thinking of the civil rights movement. The Birmingham Campaign was started in the spring of 1963 and is considered one of the most effective initiatives of the civil rights movement. Lunch counter sit-ins, marches and boycotts of merchants were non-violent methods used to protest segregation and inequality. Thinking of the suffering and violence endured by the black citizens of Birmingham still give me the chills. The unrest brought president Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. to Birmingham. I encourage everyone to read Martin Luther King Jr. letter from the Birmingham jail - you will be inspired!

The Carver Spring College Tour students visit Benedict College in Columbia, SC!

By Kelvin Reynoso, 10th Grade, Norwalk High School – Benedict College in Columbia, SC, has been my favorite school so far on the Carver Spring College Tour, and I am eager to apply for admission in a few years. The ambiance was comfortable, and as we walked throughout campus, current students came up to us and encouraged us to attend.

Spelman College! The Carver Spring College Tour makes new discoveries!

By Nyema Burns & Sarah Caidor, 11th graders at Brien McMahon High School — Spelman College is a private, liberal arts women's college located in Atlanta, Georgia, founded in 1881. The school is named after John D. Rockefeller’s wife, Laura Spelman Rockefeller and is part of the Atlanta University Center academic consortium in Atlanta. Spelman College is America's oldest private historically black liberal arts college for women.

The Carver Spring College Tour students visit Allen University!

By Myles Russell, 11th Grader at Norwalk High School, on the Carver Spring College Tour — Allen University is a liberal arts institution located in Columbia, South Carolina, with 20-acre campus. The school is the oldest historically black college in the state.  The African Methodist Episcopal (AME) founded Allen University in 1870. The school moved to Columbia in 1880 when it was renamed Allen University in honor of Bishop Richard Allen, founder of the African Methodist Episcopal Church.

Carver’s Spring College Tour visits Claflin University!

By Michelle Chacko, 10th Grader, Brien McMahon High School

Alonzo Webster founded Claflin University in Orangeburg, South Carolina in 1896; it is one of the nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities. There are approximately 2,000 students enrolled at the university. We walked around with Chelsea, our tour guide, who is a high energy, graduating Senior originally from Georgia. She’s an English Education major and is teaching 9th and 10th grade English at a local high school. This summer she will be moving to Washington, D.C.

The 49th annual Spring College Tour visits South Carolina State University

By Serenity Mayhew, 9th grader, Norwalk High School, and Amanda Fleurancy, 11th grader, Brien McMahon High School

The first school we visited on the 49th Annual College Tour was South Carolina State University. Ashley H. and Arabia S. were our tour guides and they excitedly walked us through the campus, weaving between brick buildings, discussing the culture and architecture of the university. 

Nikki LaFaye, Carver's Director of Philanthropy, a graduate of this year's Greater Norwalk Chamber of Commerce Leadership Institute

We congratulate Nikki LaFaye and the entire Norwalk Leadership Institute Class of 2018 - 2019 on their recent graduation. Each member devoted time and effort to this important program. Clay Fowler of Spinnaker Real Estate Partners has chaired the Leadership Institute for the last two years. We are grateful for this year’s class committing significant time and effort in creating an internship program for Carver students.

See the video of "Human Hungry Hippos" at our Roton Middle School R.A.M.S. after school program!

The Roton Middle School R.A.M.S. after school program runs Monday through Thursday from 3:00 to 5:30.  It is run by certified teachers and teaching aides from Roton Middle School.  The program Coordinator is Roton teacher Dean Vaccaro.

See the video and images below of 6th graders doing the Enrichment “Human Hungry Hippos”! Other Enrichment programs include Easter Arts and Crafts, and see what the students at Roton are doing to prepare for their “International Night” celebration!

Images of Carver's After School Program for 5th grade students at Kendall Elementary School

See all the photos from today’s visit here in our Facebook album. Here and below you will see Kendall students doing their homework and participating in enrichment programs that include animation, performing arts, Double Dutch (where the kids show how brave they are), the arts and music.