• Celebrate College Signing Day with Reach Higher on May 1!

    Posted by AVID Center on 4/16/2019

    By Stephanie Sprow Owens, Director of Programs, Reach Higher

    College-Signing-Day-Image Mark your calendars! Reach Higher is celebrating its fifth anniversary and College Signing Day on May 1.

    As you may know, May 1 is the deadline by which many high school seniors tell colleges where they plan to attend in the fall. We are thrilled to have AVID communities join us again in celebrating all students for committing to continue their education or join the military after high school.

    College Signing Day is also a great day to explore higher education with younger students in elementary and middle school to get them to think about life after high school. We’ll be celebrating on May 1, but we encourage you to find a date and time that works best for you and your AVID students.

    Last year, we had more than 2250 events in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and several U.S. territories. This year, we hope to see even more people celebrating and joining our movement! To reach this goal, we’ll need your help!

    Download our College Signing Day toolkit for helpful information on how to host a College Signing Day event. You can also learn some great tips from AVID educators in your dedicated Facebook group. Colleen Pancake from Puyallup, WA, shared some amazing ideas about how her school celebrates Decision Week, focusing each day on different postsecondary options for students. After taking a look at those ideas and so many more from the community, make sure to register your event with us at www.bettermakeroom.org/collegesigningday. We hope you’re already brainstorming ideas!

    Thanks to the support of the College Football Playoff Foundation, we are able to award microgrants to public school teachers and school counselors to fund their events. To be eligible, you must complete the following steps:

    • Register your event at https://www.bettermakeroom.org/collegesigningday/.
    • Go to donorschoose.org/teachers to create a school counselor or teacher account. Account holders must be current educators at a public elementary, middle, or high school.
    • Create a project for the materials you need to host your College Signing Day. DonorsChoose.org has a list of approved vendors that you can visit to purchase materials for your College Signing Day event.
    • Once your project is screened by DonorsChoose.org, you will be notified with next steps by the DonorsChoose.org team. Be sure to look for this notification from DonorsChoose.org.
    • Once DonorsChoose.org approves your project, email the link for your project to [email protected]

    Make sure to grab your college shirt (or order one now!) and wear it with pride on Wednesday, May 1, or on your own College Signing Day. Take a photo, share it online, and don’t forget to tag @ReachHigher and @BetterMakeRoom and use the hashtags #CollegeSigningDay and #BetterMakeRoom so that we can share!

    We hope to see you join the celebration on May 1!

    [Photo credit: Colleen Pancake, AVID Elective Teacher. Students from Governor John R. Rogers High School celebrate #CollegeSigningDay.]

    Stephanie_Sprow_Owens Stephanie Sprow Owens serves as the director of programs for Reach Higher. In that role, she leads campaigns to support students’ efforts to attend and complete postsecondary education and serves as an advisor to former First Lady Michelle Obama regarding high school and post-secondary completion. Prior to joining The Common Application, Stephanie served in multiple roles at the U.S. Department of Education under President Barack Obama’s administration, most notably with Mrs. Obama’s education initiative, Reach Higher. Stephanie has also served at the Alliance for Excellent Education and at the School District of Philadelphia. Stephanie earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

    Want to learn more about how you can help your students understand their postsecondary options? Read 5 Ways to Demystify College.

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