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Students from Hartford Public Schools visit UHart to see what’s in store for their futures

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WEST HARTFORD -- The University of Hartford's campus is a bit quieter since graduation came and went, but it came back to life on Tuesday for a few hours as students visited.

About 500 students from all over the state paid a visit to the school as part of "Baseball Education Day," where students get treated to a college ball game and take a tour of the campus.

Leading the way around the quad were University of Hartford coaches and players.

"For a lot of these kids they've never seen anything like this," said Mike Kulas an assistant soccer coach for the Hawks. Kulas was busy leading an affable third grade class from Hartford's Batchelder Elementary School. "For them to come and see a baseball game and get a bit of a tour and see what a college campus is like, it's fantastic."

The grade school students toured the quad, the classrooms, the dining halls and student center to see what college life is like.

"It's definitely planting a seed," said Sarah Bozzuto, a third grade teacher at Batchelder. "I thought it was a great experience for the kids to see the campus and just see the way college life is."

Christian Castro, a Batchelder third grader added, "My favorite part was when we went into the big classroom."

After the hour-long tour, the students headed into the baseball stadium and got to watch U. Hartford take on Central Connecticut.

"We're proud of our school," Kulas said, " and we're really thankful these kids came out today."