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January 20th, 2009
Hernandez to hold college awareness fair


Attempting to create a college-going culture in San Marcos CISD, the administration is going to start them young.

For example, Hernandez Intermediate School is holding a sixth grade college awareness fair on Friday, Jan. 23. Two events are scheduled at the school library for 9-10:30 a.m. and 1-3 p.m.

“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,” said Hernandez teacher Brenda Butler.

The fair is part of a San Marcos CISD partnership with Texas State University, targeting sixth graders in the district provide information and experiences. All sixth graders – more than 500 students— and their teachers have toured Texas State as part of the initiative, which continues as students visit the Jan. 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.
Funded by a grant from the Texas State University Office of Equity and Access and the Office of Community Relations, each child will receive a “college folder” in which to keep her higher education information in a safe, organized place as she moves through her years of schooling.

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