Recited during morning announcements orat the beginning of class…I believe in myself and my ability to do my best at all times.Just for today –I will listen.I will think.I will speak.I will reason.I will read.I will write.I will do all these things with one purpose in mind,to prepare myself for college,to do my best and not waste this day,for this day will come no more.
Combine “College Culture” and ExerciseCollege BoundCollege BoundI am college boundYell it outTo the skyWith a mighty soundSet my goalsWork hard at schoolReady for the testCollege dreams for me come trueIf I do my best
Write letters to college requesting information…
Put “College” everywhere…classroom doors, in the halls, taped to desks, in the cafeteria,maybe even in the bathrooms!
Alvin Dunn Elementary School third grader Irving Mozo displaysthe small pennants representing Northwestern State Universitythat he and fellow classmates wear every Friday. Its part of theschools Read to Succeed University program that motivatesstudents in grades K-5 to go to college by having classrooms adoptcolleges, assigning students college pen pals and increasing parentinvolvement.
Or these?“I’m a future college graduate!”“I’m college-bound!”“Ask me where I’m going to college!”“I’ve got college on my mind. How aboutyou?”“College isn’t a dream. It’s my reality.”“I’ve got CQ (College Quotient). Do you?”“College is for YOU!”
You may be asking yourself…Isn’t this just “fluff”?NO.Can this stuff really make a difference?ABSOLUTELY.
Poor urban schools are not doomed to failure.Researchers have identified 1,300+ high-minority, high-poverty schools in whichstudent standardized test scores were in thetop 30% of their state at respective gradelevels. What’s the reason?High academic expectations for all students.
It’s up to all of us…Creating a "college culture" isn’t just the job ofguidance counselors.It involves teachers, administrators,partnerships, families, community members,and students.If we all believe they can achieve, they will.