Spent the day with 19 4th graders and 16 parents/family on the SUNY Geneseo campus today….woo hoo!
This was Year 2 of a program that was born on December 18, 2012 in Java’s – a cool coffee house here in ROC. Sarah Frank at SUNY Geneseo is the main brain on this one – she is an expert collaborator! We were talking about “my kids” at Henry Hudson School #28 that night and Sarah casually asked, “What if the kids came to campus?” Let there be College Bound! She pulled in Vicky Gebel and Kevin Hahn and we went to campus last year on April 10 for a Day of Wow!
This year, Sarah and Team along with least 7 other colleagues and about 20 student volunteers to made the day happen. Plus crucial support from Dining Services, Parking folks, Facilities and Residence Life offered overall TLC of this program and these children.
We took a bus to campus from school – an adventure in itself! – and got there in time to go right to lunch. Every kid and parent/family member had a nice bag lunch – along with personalized name tags, a folder, a College Bound button AND a College Bound T-shirt for the kids with all of their names on the back – wow! Huge thanks to Young Children’s Council for the beautiful shirts. It was so fun to watch them find their name at the table and then enjoy lunch as a Henry Hudson team! Parents/family were taking pictures of their kids, then enjoyed their lunch as well. The few kids without family that day were absorbed by teachers and volunteers – everyone was hooked in.
Being College Bound in a College Going Culture – to be college ready by the time a student graduates from high school – is the dream. Planting the “I will go to college” now – in 4th grade – is exactly the right time.
According to the United Way, “children who aren’t reading at grade level by the end of third grade are four times as likely to drop out of high school. Nationally, two-thirds of students are not reading on grade level by fourth grade, the earliest year of testing in the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).”
A College Bound program for 4th graders in CA suggests “ensuring that children are proficient readers by the time they enter fourth grade is a strategic point of intervention for addressing education, community health, public safety, poverty and economic development goals.”
And this….The Campaign for Grade Level Reading says “Reading proficiency by third grade is the most important predictor of high school graduation and career success. Yet every year, more than 80 percent of low-income children miss this crucial milestone.”
There are some existing College Bound initiatives in place across the country that we many try to connect with as we plan for college Bound 2015. In the meantime, 19 more children have a little more motivation to come to school tomorrow.
Have a Nothing New Day! ~Kristin