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U of L students prepare elementary kids for the future with Cardinal Club

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Madison Quill and Bridgette Hildreth have formed quite the bond, despite about a decade in age difference.

"Whenever we see each other, we give each other stuff. I think it's kind of awesome," Quill said.

Quill is in 5th grade and eager to learn about the world. Hildreth is a senior at U of L, ready to help Quill along the way. The two are part of a mentoring program at Cochran Elementary. 

"It's really fun to come over here. And it's good to have the relationships with the kids and teachers here," Hildreth said.

Each day, for about an hour, Cardinal Club allows 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders to get their own personal tutor. 

"Within the hour, we'll work on reading and math," Hildreth said.

But it isn't only about the books.

"Once they get through the math, the reading and the writing, we get to talk about college," said Cochran principal Tim Foster.

A look into the future is a big part of this program.

"We got to explain what dorms were and what college classes were like," Hildreth said. 

What's happening at Cochran is making a big difference.

"[Five years ago], our school was next to last in the state, and we needed help," Foster said. "Our school is now proficient and one of the big components of that is Cardinal Club."

It's also gotten bigger. The program started with 20 students. It now has 150 students.

Foster hopes it will only continue to grow.

"We want it to carry on forever, long after I'm gone."

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