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University of Iowa News Release


June 8, 2008

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UI future teachers mentor students through school district collaboration

University of Iowa students did everything from attend baseball games to provide campus tours to junior high students in the Iowa City Community School district this past academic year. Ten University of Iowa students were matched as mentors with junior high students through a new yearlong UI Leadership and Public Service Seminar offered through the UI College of Education Division of Counseling, Rehabilitation and Student Development in collaboration with the Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD). The UI undergraduate students, many of whom wish to pursue teaching certification and careers in education, met weekly throughout the past school year for conversation, support and academic guidance - and have made a profound difference in the lives of these younger students.

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