NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Nacogdoches fifth graders made a significant commitment today. They said they'll continue their education after they finish high school.
It's all part of "Commitment 2020" - a clever way of pointing students toward a college education. Adults should be so lucky as these 500 or so fifth graders. They have the next 11 years all planned out.
"We're going to prepare them academically, socially, and emotionally to be successful in college," Keri Launius, the Nacogdoches ISD college and career coordinator, said.
In unison, the fifth graders cheered, "After high school comes college."
The students' yellow Commitment 2020 cards were signed, sealed, and delivered to a holding box. The students will get the reminders back when they become the graduating class of 2020.
Yellow commitment 2020 cards are signed, sealed and delivered to a holding box.
The students will get the reminders back when they become the graduating class of 2020.
During Friday's event, the students listened intently as adults told them about the benefits of higher learning. Mayor Roger Van Horn told them that knowledge opens up a world of opportunities.
"Knowledge and information open up the whole world to you," Van Horn said.
Some children said there is a person even more persuasive than the mayor. Several students said their moms are urging them to go to college, and one student said, "She says I need to get a good degree."
After today, students are more aware of their local university. They now have new Future Jack T-shirts and exposure to the cooler parts of campus.
"And we call him Surfin' Steve because if you look at it from a side angle it kinda looks like he's on a surf board," one student tour guide said of the statue of Stephen F. Austin and fountain in the middle of the Stephen F. Austin State University campus.
The time will come to research the academic offerings of SFA and other colleges or technical schools. But then again, some students may be searching already.
"I'm going to college and become a scientist," one student said.
"I want to be an accountant," another student said.
They've made the commitment. It's up to adults to help them keep it.