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January 20th, 2009
Hernandez Intermediate hosting college fair for sixth graders

SUBMITTED REPORT

As part of its ongoing effort to create a college-going culture in San Marcos CISD, Hernandez Intermedia School is hosting a Sixth Grade College Awareness Fair on Friday, Jan. 23. Two events will be held in the school library from 9-10:30 a.m. and from 1-3 p.m.

The fair is the result of a partnership with Texas State University and targets every sixth grader in San Marcos CISD to provide information and experiences. Hernandez teacher Brenda Butler said, “We want to ensure that students and their parents know what they need to do now to be academically and financially prepared to enter post-secondary education when the students graduate from high school.”

Every sixth grader, more than 500 students, and their teachers have toured Texas State as part of the initiative, which continues as students visit the January 23 fair. The event features information stations designed and manned by Hernandez Gifted & Talented students who have developed multimedia presentations, real-life simulations they will act out, and a resume-writing workshop for their peers. Texas State University students will sponsor two additional stations as part of their Martin Luther King Day service activities.

Thanks to a grant from the Texas State University Office of Equity and Access and the Office of Community Relations, every child will receive a “college folder” in which to keep their higher education information in a safe, organized place as they move through their years of schooling.

For more information about the fair, call Butler at 393-6100 or Kim Porterfield at 245-9645.

— IRIS CAMPBELL/SAN MARCOS CISD

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