Posted by Melissa Winston, MSMFT, PLMFT, Bright Futures Coordinator, Joplin School District on 2/19/2015 5:00:00 PM
Students in one Joplin area school are going to college, and they're not even out of elementary school!
Joplin students are visiting college campuses early as part of the district’s Operation College Bound program. The purpose of the program is to get students looking ahead to their futures after high school and to inspire them to dream about what they'd like to accomplish in life. The end goal is for all students to believe they can and should attend college or trade school after high school.
Through a variety of approaches including the visits to college campuses, rallies, career days and more, the program teaches children that a college education is a very valuable and achievable goal.
The program will be the topic of a panel discussion at the Bright Futures Community Engagement Conference February 23 and 24. Presenters will talk about how they developed the program in Joplin, and share advice for starting similar programs in your own school districts.
One of the most rewarding things we can do for our children is to instill a love of learning in their early years that takes them all the way through into their post-secondary careers successfully. Instilling the confidence and clarity of direction needed to achieve these goals is our responsibility.
We hope you'll join us to learn what you can do to get your students shouting, “I'm going to college!”