During the months of October and November, Dayton HS GEAR UP was privileged to have Myra and Claudia, who are student and parent outreach specialists from WSU Tri-Cities, do In-class Presentations on “College Access Information.” We had a total of 115 students participating each month. Powerpoint slides and games were used to engage student’s participation; they also enjoyed a little competitiveness. The game enjoyed most was the Career game. The students received a career with play money and had to budget for a month.
Some students were given degrees and some only had a high school diploma with their career. They soon realized how important a degree is to support their life styles. Students learned that cost of dormitory/apartment living, food, books, and personal items such as cell phones, gas for your car, and coffee are all costs aside from tuition. The most important lesson learned was that all students can attend and graduate from college no matter their income status or background. A big thank you to Myra and Claudia who were building relationships with the students while offering practical and emotional support.