FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 27, 2021
Gary Schools Encourages Students to Explore Post-Secondary Opportunities
Through Activities Supporting the “College Go Week” Campaign
(Gary, IND) – The Gary Community School Corporation hosted several events and activities at the middle, high, and trade schools to encourage students to think past senior year. From August through November, “College Go” through Indiana encourages students to take a closer look into what post-secondary programs are available and guides them through steps for preparing and applying to school.
During this year’s College Go Week (which ran from September 20-24th) the schools decorated, celebrated, and educated the students on their academic future. The schools did fun activities like Indiana Day, where teachers and staff wore shirts of colleges in Indiana. Door decorating competitions to bring out the creativity and school spirit. And discussions with community partners like 21st Century, Upward Bound, and regional campus representatives from Purdue Northwest and TRIO (at IU Northwest).
“If we start talking about college now, it won’t be as overwhelming when they have to make a decision in high school,” said the Lead School Counselor, Selena Bradley. “And it’s fun! The staff really gets into it when we recognize HBCU day or talk about Greek Organizations.”
In Indiana, College Application Week is part of the College GO! Campaign in which many Indiana colleges waived the fee for seniors applying for school. The counselors and administration worked with the students at West Side Leadership Academy to take advantage of the free college applications. The campaign aims to increase the number of first-generation and low-income students who pursue education after high school.