High Five prep program links generations

Wausau Daily Herald: Twice a week, Kong Xiong, a soft-spoken sophomore at the University of Wisconsin Marathon County, tames a rambunctious and noisy group of seventh-graders.

Xiong, 19, is a mentor in a Wausau-area program called High Five 4 College. Offered in partnership by UWMC and the Wausau office of the state Department of Public Instruction, it links UWMC students with kids in middle and junior high schools. The idea is that the college students can help the younger teens forge their plans for their futures, high school, post-high school and adulthood. Junior high and middle school students qualify for the program if their families are eligible for free- or reduced-fee school meals.

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