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New club promoting academics

Monday, January 25, 2010

A new organization is working to promote academics and post-secondary education for high school students.

The Academic Booster Club is now in full swing at Northview High School.

"We are hoping to create an academic culture where more students and parents are aware of college," teacher Jeff Gambill said. "We hope to encourage college after graduation from high school."

The club was created in October and is made up of parents of Northview students and members of the Academic Advancement Team.

"The purpose of the (Academic Booster Club) is to support and promote all Northview High School academic programs," President Stacey Allen said.

It will work in the same notion as the band booster and the athletic booster clubs but focus solely on academics.

The goals of the Academic Booster Club are to promote the academic programs, support the continuance of education after high school, as well as organize and encourage activities, which promote the student and community spirit for the academic culture at Northview.

On Thursday, the club will sponsor a workshop for parents and students interested in a post secondary education. Information will be available on choosing the right college, using the Internet as a resource, as well as writing an essay for a college application.

"We want to make parents and students are aware of the different ways to pay for college," Allen said. "We had students voice concerns about the essay portion of college applications so we will have a teacher there to speak with them."

Allen is developing a workshop in the future for students that are still looking into college but are not ready for the application process. It will involve setting goals as a freshmen, sophomore and junior which will allow for more success in school and as a preparation tool for college.

The workshop Thursday is free and will take place in the media center at Northview High School beginning at 7:30 p.m. For more information on the Academic Booster Club or the workshop, call 448-2661.

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I encourage ALL to attend. Especially those who think college isn't in their future for one reason or another. Some sort of post high school education/training is imperative today with the competition from around the world. One cannot make a living to feed a family and fulfill "the American Dream" without it as thy could 20-30 years ago.

There is a program for everyone out there and all sorts of ways to pay for it if you can navigate the system and be creative and flexible in achieving your ultimate goals.

-- Posted by Jenny Moore on Tue, Jan 26, 2010, at 8:43 AM

Spectacular! I wish they would have had something like this when I was in school. I sincerely hope that this organization takes off and becomes very successful

-- Posted by Mr. D on Tue, Jan 26, 2010, at 6:28 PM

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