by Kari Basey
If you ask most people when they started to think about attending college or choosing a career, most explore these questions during their senior year of high school. According to Bob Stuart, an educational consultant for Valley Bank and Trust, this is too late.Bob Stuart and the Valley Bank team, along with mascot Scooter the Squirrel, will be visiting Lyons Elementary School on January 25. The purpose of the visit is to encourage kids in grades three to five to think about their future college and career goals. College promotional materials and other resources will be made available to students. Interested kids can write an essay about what they want to be when they grow-up and compete for $100 scholarships sponsored by the bank.
The Grade 13 and Beyond program will award 90 college scholarships, each worth $100 to students from 22 elementary schools. Scholarship recipients are also invited to visit a local university and see first-hand what college life is all about. Valley Bank and Trust has generously awarded 492 scholarships since the program began.
To further enhance student opportunities to think about future careers, the LES PTO has chosen Discovering Careers as this year’s Discovery Fair theme. Students can display their research on a specific career or create a project related to that career. Other students in the school may also learn about a variety of careers when they tour the fair.
Lyons Elementary School Principal Christa Keppler is excited to have both programs in the schoo,l “A significant indicator of a student’s long-term academic success is if they have a tangible goal they are striving for.
Grade 13 and Beyond is a program that exposes students to different professions and the educational track needed to pursue various careers. It also offers students ‘real life’ experiences through the application process. By coupling Grade 13 and Beyond with a Discovery Career Fair, all our students at Lyons Elementary will benefit.”
Grade 13 and Beyond scholarship applications are available at Lyons Elementary school and the deadline for submittal is Friday, February 11. The Discovery Fair reception will be on Thursday, February 10 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.