Jones Elementary Preps Students for Post-Secondary Future | Best Of
On Tuesday, January 15, Jones Elementary School hosted College Day. The event gave fifth grade students the chance to visit with representatives from eight colleges and one high school. Colleges included Fisk University, Georgia College and State University, Georgia Gwinnett College, Macon State College, Mercer University, Middle Georgia Technical College, Savannah State University, and the University of Alabama at Huntsville. Northeast High School’s JROTC also attended the event.
Students visited with each of the school’s representatives and had the opportunity to ask questions. One representative attending the event was Mary Sams, a former principal of Ingram-Pye Elementary who now works as a recruiter with Fisk University in Nashville, Tenn.
Mrs. Sams told students that keeping their grades up would make them eligible for scholarships. She said having events such as College Day in elementary schools is important because, “preparing for college starts early.”
Ms. Sams said she hopes an event like this will, “lead to more students, once in high school, visiting their counselors” to discuss college options.
“I hope to see greater college enrollment,” she said.
Jones Elementary fifth-grader Mya Coon attended the event. After visiting with college representatives, she said, “I learned what subjects colleges offer, and I learned the requirements for acceptance.”
Mya said her favorite college in the United States is Harvard University because, “It’s a classy school for gifted children.”