As an employee at Bethel Public Schools and an older college student, I am excited to announce the new university in our area. There's no excuse for not preparing to go to college according to one of our elementary schools in Spanaway, Washington.
Cynthia Wise from King5.com reported Evergreen Elementary School of Bethel Public School District is one out of three schools in the state to join No Excuses University. What is No Excuses University? It is a program that helps schools educate their youngsters about college at an early age.
Statics show that children from low income households and parents without college degrees have a low chance of even desiring attendance in college, let alone getting degrees. With a diverse population of more than half the children being 62-percent low income and one-in-seven in need of language assistance, Evergreen has some obstacles to overcome.
No Excuses University or NEU is a part of Turnaround Schools, founded in 2006 with their two key missions being:
1) Every child has the right to be prepared to attend college.
2) It is the responsibility of adults in the school to develop exceptional systems that can make those dreams a reality.
Bethel School District's Director of Communications, Krista Carlson, said the NEU concept believes that, "No matter what challenges a school faces, each staff member must believe in the academic potential of every student."
As part of the No Excuses University network, Evergreen kids see and hear messages that are symbolic, visual, and straight forward. Upon entrance into the elementary school, there will be college flags, t-shirts and banners posted around the school to communicate the positive college messages. From time to time, teachers will even lead students in college cheers to recognize themselves as part of certain universities.
It was no easy task to become a part of No Excuses University, the school's administrators had to develop programs and prove Evergreen will be aligning educational standards, assessments, data analysis, and intervention into the students daily experience.
Bethel's Evergreen Elementary is hoping that its involvement with NEU will change the low college degree statistics and perceptions among its population of students and families, as well.
As a college student with grown children myself, just think what it could do for parents who never thought about going to college. Perhaps it will give them a desire to reach for bigger dreams and achieve more educational success themselves, along with their children.