GenTX Day: Wear your college t-shirt to show support for local students

KTRE staffers showing school support by participating in GenTX Day.
KTRE staffers showing school support by participating in GenTX Day.

EAST TEXAS (News Release) - On May 4th, 2012, the Deep East Texas P-16 Council is encouraging communities, businesses and schools in Nacogdoches and Angelina counties to join the state of Texas in celebrating GenTX Day.

On GenTX Day, everyone in the community – individuals, schools, organizations, businesses – are encouraged to show their support of higher education by wearing a college T-shirt.

"GenTX Day is a day to congratulate all students, especially our 2012 graduating seniors, as they take the next steps towards realizing their futures.  We applaud their positive efforts because they are what's best not only our region, but for our state," said Nacogdoches Mayor Roger Van Horn.

In all 14 independent school districts in Nacogdoches and Angelina counties, teachers and students alike are committed to wearing their favorite college t-shirt on GenTX Day.  Some area schools are hosting exciting GenTX Day events to help student envision their futures such as College Signing Day, career fairs and GenTX Day pep rallies.

A long list of East Texas nonprofits and businesses are actively supporting GenTX Day across the region and encouraging broad participation by having their employees wear college T-shirts for the day, including Stephen F. Austin State University, Angelina College, Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce, Lufkin Chamber of Commerce, Nacogdoches Medical Center, E-Tech, Bank Corp South, Varsity Bookstore/Neebo, and Workforce Solutions.

"GenTX Day will be a fun and important day for business people, as they take a leading role in encouraging more young people to attend a college or university.  Being a role model is not just for educators, but especially for those of us in business," says Bruce Partain, President/CEO of the Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce.

"GenTX Day is a simple idea," says Frazier, "but how awesome would it be if all of our students could literally see the entire community's support for their college dreams on GenTX Day?  That's positive encouragement for you!"

GenTX Day is part of Generation TX, a statewide initiative supported by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board focused on building a college-going, career-ready culture across the state.