See MC offers family friendly fun, college info

SeeMCtifcolorSee MC is a great time to learn more about Midland College in a family-friendly way, and first-generation students, their families and the whole community are encouraged to come to the event, according to Alfredo Chaparro, director of community services.

Between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday April 12, the college will host the third annual See MC/Sí, MC event. This free event will consist of music, fun and food. The event will be outdoors in Beal Plaza on the main campus. A free hot dog lunch will be provided to the first 2,000 lunch attendees.

MC event coordinators not only want first-generation students to come out and enjoy in the activities, they also want to see the community to participate in the games and volunteer to help run booths.

“See, Si MC is a blast. Seeing the community come together to see what MC has to offer and partake in the fun of See MC is a really cool experience,” said MC student and volunteer at See MC, Anthony Rodriguez.

“Getting to volunteer has been a blast. I’ve had the chance to be on both sides. It’s a fun experience, and I encourage everyone to come out and just enjoy,” he said.

What’s new at this year’s event is the attendance of Midland Mayor Jerry Morales along with Horace Brown from the KMID-TV news station.

The MC Engineering Club will be using its catapult to sling water balloons hundreds of feet into the air.

Early College High School students will be hosting a sack race, and there will also be a rock climbing wall.

Included in the activities will be 100 seniors from “On Track,” a program that helps high school students graduate on time.

“There are going to be over 300 volunteers consisting of staff members, students and various members of the community. Each volunteer will be put at one of the 50 booths,” Chaparro said.

One of the presentations being held right before See MC will be the screening of a documentary film. First Generation will be shown that day from 9-11:15 a.m. in a “See MC” pre-event. Hosted by Youth & Government Student Organization at Early College High School, First Generation tells the story of four high school students including an inner city athlete, a small town waitress, a Samoan warrior dancer, and the daughter of migrant field workers. They set out to break the cycle of poverty and bring hope to their families and communities by pursuing a college education.

“We have to welcome people upfront and show them we are a family,” Chaparro said. “If a family can’t provide guidance to encourage higher education, there is someone here who can provide that guidance.”

MC student Perla Carreon first made her decision to come to MC after checking out See MC.

“See, Si MC is an event where all students and staff come together to show future students all the wonderful qualities of MC,” she said. “Future students will soon find out that MC is a great place to start your college career.”

Chaparro and his son partake in See MC every year. Chaparro’s son has been going to See MC since the eighth grade; his interests in welding led him to quickly become friends with his welding instructor Dan (Rabbit) Ledbetter.

“I come home and every now and then he’ll ask me how Rabbit is doing; it’s nice to see that our staff and students can easily become friends,” Chaparro said.

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