Selma Elementary School recently helped students better prepare for the future by highlighting the importance of high school graduation, college acceptance and career preparation.
Pennants, brochures, T-shirts and admission materials from more than 30 North Carolina colleges and universities were on display at Selma Elementary during the 2016 Career and College Promise Week. School counselors Rena Keith and Latrieva Wilson chose high-traffic areas in the school to display the items.
“Colleges and universities usually reach out to high school students, but we think that is just as important to start educating young children if we want to support and propel their success,” Wilson said. “At this age, we can lay the educational foundation, start discussions about college and career readiness and encourage students to set and work towards college and career goals.”
The elementary school also displayed Smithfield-Selma High School graduation regalia and projected high school graduation dates for all grade levels for students to see.
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Teachers talked with students about the importance of performing well in high school, different college options and career interests.
“We know that if we start telling them, now, about college and careers, and if they are able to see what they are working towards, they are more likely to put in the required effort to meet their goals,” Wilson said.
Third-graders and fourth-graders also had the opportunity to attend a Career and College Promise Fair, where they interacted with Smithfield-Selma High School students and representatives from several colleges, universities, businesses and the Army.