South Jones first graders get a lesson about college

Written By: Teresa Martin
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Date Submitted: 2011-06-10 14:36:50

ELLISVILLE – Many elementary school students may not have college on their ‘radar’.  However South Jones Elementary School principal Steve Musgrove wanted to change that mindset after being inspired by a TV news story. “I saw this story about a school in New York that exposed their elementary school students to college classes in an attempt to encourage kids to think about college,” said Musgrove. 
That inspiration began a new partnership between SJE and Jones County Junior College. Musgrove and JCJC President, Dr. Jesse Smith designed a pilot program offering first graders a taste of college. 

“We hope by exposing students to college at this age, it will influence their educational future,” said Smith. “It may even inspire them to be the first in their family to get a higher education.” 
Planting the “educational seed” happens with engaging activities and making kids feel good about their future.   The more than 160 first graders spent the day visiting various programs the college offers like, anatomy and physiology, radiography, Sonography, emergency medical technology, nursing, health care assisting, forestry, electronics and robotics. Students were also treated to a special presentation by the cheerleaders, lunch in the cafeteria, and received a certificate of accomplishment.
“This was the great!” said Cameron Parker.
While the students enjoyed their day of college classes, administrators were hoping they were also motivated by the opportunities college can afford them. “They may not know what their career will be but I hope they are learning that college can benefit them and their community,” said Musgrove.


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