March 4-8 has been designated “Say Go College Week” by the Arkansas Department of Higher Education. It is a week-long event held at schools all over Arkansas to promote higher education awareness and is highlighted by events on high school and college campuses throughout the state.
Pine Bluff School District Superintendent Linda Watson and Pine Bluff High School Principal Michael Nellums have announced that PBHS will kick off Say Go College week to encourage its students to “plan for the future” and include college in such plans.
The week’s activities will be facilitated by career coaches Dedric Jones and Michelle Heard. They will start with a huge yellow banner in the cafeteria where students are encouraged to sign their names as a commitment to go to college. Teachers and administrators will be given a “Say Go College” button to wear all week and students will be given a sticker and bookmark.
Other planned events include:
• Tuesday: Homeroom faculty can discuss their own college experiences with their students and how to obtain financial resources for colleges.
• Wednesday: “Future School Spirit Day.” Seniors can wear T-shirts or sweatshirts bearing the logo of the college or university they plan to attend.
• Thursday: “Business and Professional Day,” A college and career fair will be held in McFadden Gym from 8 a.m. to noon. Students will be allowed to wear business/professional attire and meet with area college, business, industry and civic representatives to discuss and showcase careers. Also, a parent component will be provided by the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Adult Education Center, so PBHS parents also are invited to attend.
• Friday - A “Go College” rally will be held in McFadden Gym at 8:50a.m. with the student body, band, cheerleaders, the UAPB Vesper Choir, and motivational speaker Volney ‘VP’ Parker of Little Rock.
All activities will lead tup o “College Goal Sunday, March 10th”, a one-day, statewide event created to help students and parents complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Student Aid). Visit SayGoCollege.com for the nearest location.