Nacogdoches County rallies around youth, encourages post-secondary education
Nacogdoches County students are encouraged to look toward their life after high school during “Download the Future — Education week,” Feb. 4-11.
Businesses, educators and organizations have stepped up to partner in the week that includes a career exploration fair for eighth graders, a poster and essay contest for kinder through 12th grades, and themed days for the schools and businesses, as well.
Among those leading the effort are Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce, Stephen F. Austin State University, the City of Nacogdoches, the Nacogdoches Economic Development Corporation, Gen TX, Gear Up, The Daily Sentinel, the Society for Human Resource Management, Nacogdoches County United Way, Brookshire Brothers and the local school districts.
The week begins Saturday with Sendero al Futero, Path to the Future, a free event to provide parents and students information about the benefits and opportunities available for college graduates. It will be from 1 to 4 p.m. at McMichael Middle School, 4330 S.E. Stallings Drive.
Next, a week-long activity challenge is planned for schools and businesses to Celebrate Education by participating in “dress up” days. Below are the themes.
Monday, Feb. 6 — Crazy Sock/Shoe Day — “Step into your future” by showing off your fun footware, and tell everyone you’re on the path to success.
Tuesday, Feb. 7 — Hats day (team, schools, profession, or just any) — “Hats off to your future!” Wear a hat today, and let them know you’ve got the smarts to excel in life.
Wednesday, Feb. 8 — Professional Dress (wear business professional or outfits specific to a career) — “Dress for your Future” today by modeling clothing for a career you want to enter.
Thursday, Feb. 9 — Wear Green —“Earn More Green” when you keep learning after high school. Putting on green shows that you are determined to follow a path that will make you happy and that will pay well.
Friday, Feb 10 — College Gear Day (may wear caps, but must be college caps) — “Dress for your Collegiate Future.” Pull out the gear — whether it be an SFA shirt, Longhorn cap or Aggie jacket — and show everyone where you want to go.
On Thursday, nearly 800 county eighth graders are expected to participate in the Find My Career event — a career exploration event from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the William R. Johnson Coliseum on the Stephen F. Austin State University campus. Fifty booths representing businesses and organizations from a variety of professions will offer the youth a chance to learn about different professions.
Finally, The Daily Sentinel will print the winners of its Education Poster and Essay Contest on Sunday, Feb. 5. Students in kindergarten through third grade were invited to draw posters about where they could see themselves in the future, while fourth through 12th graders wrote essays based on writing prompts that mirror those used in the state’s standardized testing.
The winning essay entries will appear throughout the week in the Sentinel, with the poster contest winners appearing in the Sunday, Feb. 11, edition.
For more information on “Download the Future — Education Week,” contact the Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce at 936-560-5533 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact chamber education committee chair Rayanne Schmid at 936-564-8361 or email@example.com.