"I got in!", "I did it!", "This is the school of my dreams!" These are the things students at my school exclaim when they read their college admissions letters. The college admissions letter represents an opportunity students have worked to create for themselves for years. Parents, teachers, and counselors have supported the students working towards this goal, but it is their sense of determination that is remarkable.
As the students see their hard work paying off with admission letters, a new problem begins to emerge - having the supplies for their new school.
A number of our college-bound seniors are first-generation college students and/or are registered in our Families In Transition program (family meets federal guidelines for homelessness). Colleges will waive various fees for students registered in this program and scholarships will help cover tuition. First-generation students and students in the FIT program struggle to cover other expenses, such as purchasing items for living in a dorm room, school supplies, and school spirit items.
Our high school's Senior Class has worked hard to exceed expectations. They have a strong chance to beat the previous Class' graduation rate, college admissions, and scholarship award records. Last year's class was awarded over $8 million in scholarships. This year's class has almost $10 million in merit-based awards!
Despite all of their hard work, some obstacles still loom on the horizon!
Some of our college-bound students are considered homeless and need assistance with personal items for their dorm. Each of our hard-working students will receive new bedsheets, a pillow, towel set, laundry hamper, & shower caddy to start things off on the right foot. These are items we have learned our students need, as they move from home into a dorm room where they cannot share items with siblings. Setting up a dorm room allows them to feel comfortable in their new environment and to better focus on their studies.
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