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May 16th, 2008
From the San Marcos Education Foundation: College awareness fair at Hernandez Intermediate

Dear SMEF Board members, trustees, administrators, and other friends of the San Marcos CISD:

You are invited to see San Marcos Education Foundation Innovative Teaching Grant funds in action.

  • WHAT: College Awareness Fair for every San Marcos CISD 6th grader
  • WHEN: Monday May 19, and Tuesday, May 20 at 9 a.m.
    9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with lunch break at 11:15 p.m. to 12 p.m. on both days
    Come by at your convenience! New sessions begin every 45 minutes.
  • WHERE: Hernandez Intermediate School Library

Be our guest at the culminating event of a semester-long study unit event targeting EVERY sixth grader in San Marcos CISD with information and experiences to ensure that students know what they need to do NOW to be academically and financially prepared to enter post-secondary education when they graduate from high school.

Every sixth grader (more than 500 students) has toured Texas State as part of the initiative, which ends next week as students visit the fair, which will feature information stations designed and manned by students. Every child will receive a “college folder” to keep higher education information in safe place as they move through the education system, thanks to SMEF and the Texas State Office of Equity and Access.

Gifted and Talented Facilitator Brenda Butler was awarded the grant, which supported her plan to help every sixth grader begin to think about and take responsibility for his or her educational future, using peer teaching, field trips, development of presentations and other activities by student “committees” and the creation of a “college folder” given to every student to hold resume forms, grade-by-grade checklists, a Texas State University view book and other information. She collaborated with the Texas State Office of Community Relations, which coordinated tours, university volunteers, and other support activities.

Students in the school’s gifted and talented program began a college curriculum by requesting view books and other information from universities from all over the country earlier this year. Students researched college admission standards, areas of specialty, fields of study, tuition and fees and more.

The students went on two research field trips. One was to Texas State University, where student “committees” visited academic and support departments, asking questions, videotaping and taking pictures. Another field trip was to the University of Texas for a campus tour and student panel. The committees developed Power Point presentations to share at the fair. Now, the students will take what they have learned and present it to the rest of the student body at the college awareness fair. The fair also reinforces knowledge every student received on the Texas State field trip.Monday and Tuesday, Hernandez sixth grade classes will visit the fair, which will feature presentations by students, hands-on stations about different majors and college support services, writing resumes, and a college search area.

Funded by San Marcos Education Foundation, with additional financial support from the Texas State University Office of Community Relations and the Texas State Office of Equity and Access.

Supporters are the Chartwell’s, Wittliff Collections, Texas State Career Services, LBJ Student Center, Writing Center, Honors Program, Texas State Residence Life, Recreation Sports, San Marcos CISD Transportation Department, Texas State Admissions, KTSW, Art and Design, Athletic Sports Information, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Environmental Geography, Geographic Education, McCoy College of Business Administration, University Ambassadors, Omega Delta Phi, Associated Student Government, Physics.

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One thought on “From the San Marcos Education Foundation: College awareness fair at Hernandez Intermediate

  1. Awesome idea! It is great to see that we are working to get kids interested in college and to remove some of the barriers that might have kept them out in the past.

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