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November 15, 11:15 AM click here to comment > 0

Thank you to everyone who worked to give our local kids a shot at college

Last night the Seattle College Access Network hosted a thank-you event for community members and staff who worked to ensure that 100% of eligible 8th grade students in Seattle Public Schools signed up for the Washington State College Bound Scholarship. Any student eligible for the federal free- and reduced-price lunch program can sign a pledge to maintain a 2.0 grade point average or higher and stay out of legal trouble during high school. If they stick to it, they can receive a full scholarship to a college or university in Washington state through the College Bound Success Scholarship. But they have to sign up by the eighth grade to be eligible.

This year’s drive was such a huge success – 42% more kids signed up this year than last year. That kind of dramatic improvement is only possible when the whole community works together on an issue. From radio stations that publicized the opportunity, to local businesses that hung up flyers, to parents and volunteers who went into low-performing schools to work one on one with kids to fill out their application, our whole community was involved in this effort.

Mayor McGinn and Superintendent Enfield spoke at the event, thanking everyone for their hard work.  They emphasized that while we must celebrate this victory, there is a lot of work ahead. Not only do we need to ensure that this year’s 8th grade class is signed up, we also need to make sure that the students who have signed the pledge graduate college or career ready. Mayor McGinn also spoke about our campaign to increase attendance at Seattle Public Schools, and called on everyone to help make that effort a success.

This Saturday there is an important event for students who are preparing for college or career – See it. Be it: Explore your Future Career is an exciting opportunity for students and families in Seattle Public Schools to meet representatives from a variety of occupational and career fields. This event is part of a city-wide College and Career Exploration Month, proclaimed by Mayor McGinn.

Posted by: Words: April Thomas, Pictures: Jen Nance