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Kids get a glimpse of college

Nooksack Elementary School fifth grader Alexis Huff, right, looks through a magnifying loupe at a negative while visiting the photo lab in the Fine Art Department during Western's Compass to Campus tour on Oct. 27, 2009. Huff's classmates Yesenia Vargas, left, and Paige Abitia, center, wait their turn. Photo by Rachel Bayne

A group of Western student mentors and fifth graders walk to their first tour during Compass to Campus Oct. 27, 2009. Photo by Rachel Bayne

Alderwood Elementary School fifth grader Inderjit Singh, front, creates a plastic water bottle opener with the help of Western student Julie Murphy, a plastics engineering and technology major, during Compass to Campus on Oct. 27, 2009. Photo by Rachel Bayne

About 450 fifth graders, along with the Western student mentors, listen to Cyndie Shepard speak about why its important to go to college, prior to the students touring the campus during Compass to Campus Tuesday morning. Photo by Rachel Bayne

Nooksack Elementary School student Emily Parson gets her Compass to Campus shirt signed by Western student mentor Stephanie Jones. Photo by Rachel Bayne

Ten Mile Creek Elementary School fifth graders and their Western mentors walk the campus during Compass to Campus on Oct. 27, 2009. Photo by Rachel Bayne

Devin Carlson, from Lucille Umbarger Elementary School, looks at a 3D map during his Compass 2 Campus visit to WWU Oct. 27. Photo by Rachel Bayne

Associate Professor of Geology and Science Education Scott Linneman shows Eduardo Gonzalez and his Lucielle Umbarger Elementary School classmates how to use a mirror stero viewer during a geomorphology class during Compass to Campus on Oct. 27, 2009. Photo by Rachel Bayne

Brenton Fox, a fifth grader at Ten Mile Creek Elementary School, uses his "wings" as he gets a lesson on how to fly from Don Burgess, an assistant professor in secondary education for the Woodring College of Education. Burgess, who loves birds, had the students pretend they were birds as he taught them why and how birds fly. Photo by Rachel Bayne

Ten Mile Creek Elementary School fifth grader Tanner Conger, middle, wears a cap and gown during the opening welcome of Compass to Campus Tuesday morning. Conger and two other students were called up by Cyndie Shepard, right, to wear the caps and gowns and given diploma holders to signify the importance of going to college. Photo by Rachel Bayne