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Mount Vernon Schools Hold College Day As Part Of White House Inititaive

Mount Vernon Schools are observing college day.
Mount Vernon Schools are observing college day. Photo Credit: Contributed

MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. -- First lady, Michele Obama declared Tuesday as National College Signing Day and in support of this initiative the Mount Vernon City School District is holding “College Day.”

On Tuesday and throughout the week, school counselors and teachers will promote and educate students on college and access to college. Graduating seniors’ post-secondary plans are to be celebrated.

"This is a perfect opportunity to showcase the accomplishments of our seniors and the ambitions of all students to "Reach Higher," said Marci Tiggs, standards administrator for guidance.

"PK-12 education, is about preparing students for post-secondary options and opportunities. In doing so, we must ensure that our students are not only able to read, write and do geometry, but that our students are well informed about what post-secondary options and opportunities there are."

The goal of Mount Vernon City School District’s “College Day” is to ensure that all students see college as an option, show community support and celebrate all students and their commitment to enlist or obtain a post-secondary degree or certification.

"To us, college means making any plans beyond high school which includes enlisting in the military, enrolling in certificate program, technical, two-year and four-year degree programs," said Tiggs.

Staff were encouraged to wear attire from their alma mater and take a moment to share their educational journey with their students. Students are encouraged to wear attire from their parents' or sibling’s alma mater, a college they have visited, wish to go to, or simply just like.

Graduating seniors who have decided on a college should wear attire from the school they plan to attend or where they have been accepted.

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