Dixie State University Trailblazers visit Washington County Elementary Schools
April 16, 2016DSU student teachers present university’s new identity and benefits of attending college ST. GEORGE, Utah, April 16, 2016 – Following the announcement of its new Trailblazers identity, Dixie State University has taken to Washington County elementary schools to share the news and encourage children to start thinking ahead about college. During D-Week, 25 of Washington County’s elementary schools held assemblies where DSU Education student teachers presented on the impact a college education can have. As part of the assemblies, each child received the illustrated children’s book, “A History of Trailblazers: A Bison’s Tale,” told by Brooks the Bison, DSU’s new mascot. One of the many schools visited by Dixie State was Sunset Elementary. “It was exciting,” Sunset Elementary Principle Anthony Horrocks said. “Even though, for these kids, college can seem so far out there, time goes by so quick. And if we’re not starting now, getting them ready for that step, then it can sneak up on them.” As a STEM school, Sunset focuses on twenty-first century skills, one of which, Horrocks explained, is college readiness. ““This to me, was a good connection with our local university,” Horrocks, who is a Dixie State Alumnus, said. “We’ve got to have collaboration. We need to make sure these kids are prepared.” DSU student teachers Taylor Mann and Berkely Platt teamed up to present the benefits of going to college for Sunset’s assembly on Thursday along with an announcement of what the new identity is, just before Horrocks read the DSU children’s book aloud to the audience. dixie.edu/identity.