Students at Olive Street School in Porterville focused on the future on Friday, April 5th when the school hosted a College and Career Day.
Thirty community members took time out of their busy schedules to share stories of college life, business and goal setting with the students. For many, it was a glimpse into what they were working hard to achieve by doing well in school now.
“I want to go to college,” said Anthony Magana, a second grader, after hearing from three speakers.
Tulare County Superintendent of Schools Tim Hire shared his personal story with the sixth graders, including his time at Cal Poly. He told the students about the many opportunities that await them and choices they can make between high school pathways, career technical education, community college, and universities.
Porterville City Councilman Daniel Penaloza captivated his young audience with how busy he is balancing community service, a full-time job and being a Fresno State student. Students learned what a city councilman does and how important a college education is.
Kindergarten students loved meeting the team from the U.S. Forest Service and Smokey the Bear. They also got to meet firefighters from the Porterville Fire Department and learn about fire safety.
After watching a video tour of a college campus and a dorm room, fifth graders had a lot of questions and comments.
“You really get to live at school? How big is that college? Do you really get to pick what you learn? Why are they all riding bicycles? How much is college going to cost?”
Olive Street School staff also shared about their own college experiences and fifth grade students are each researching a college campus that they may want to attend.
The motto at Olive Street School is “We Can… We Will” and College and Career Day was just one way to show students what the future holds for them.
For more information on Olive Street School, contact Principal Liz Torres at 559.782.7190.