By Holly Wise
The Cove Herald
The Copperas Cove Independent School District is celebrating "Education: Go Get It" Week starting Monday.
School districts across the state are required, per Texas House Bill 2237, to designate one week during the school year to educate students and parents on facets of obtaining a higher education.
"It's important for the students to understand that the educational decisions they make now will affect the opportunities available to them later in life," said CCISD Director of Students Services Debra Hull. "We want to help students understand all of the many options available to them so they will have the foundation and preparation needed for a bright and promising future."
During the week, every school in the district will hold special events to get students amped up for college.
DeEtta Culbertson, public information officer with the Texas Education Agency, said part of the requirement is for districts to host a speaker to talk about a particular vocation or professional affiliation.
James Powell will be the keynote speaker for all students at Crossroads High School Feb. 11. According to a schedule of events, he will talk to students about the keys to success before the students break into small groups to meet various professional and representatives from Central Texas College and the United States Army.
"There are no rules," Culbertson said. "It's all left up to the local districts that they have this one week a year where they stress and let students know the importance of higher education."
A financial aid meeting will be held at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday in the CCHS cafeteria for ninth-12th-grade students and parents. A financial aid advisor will be on hand to discuss planning and paying for college, completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, and other financial options.
Texas State Technical College will be on campus with its Mobile Computer Lab in the Fine Arts parking lot from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 10 and 11. Staff will be available to assist parents of 12th-graders as they navigate the FAFSA website. Parents will need to bring their PIN number and 2010 income tax information in order to fill out the application, according to a statement from CCISD.
Central Texas College mentors will be in the CCHS Career Center Computer Lab from 4 to 6 p.m. Feb. 14 -15 to help parents complete the FAFSA application. Parents will check in through the main school entrance.
Though the week's focus is on higher education, school districts can place emphasis on courses that are not college-related.
"While this week has to focus primarily on higher education and what the advantages are, there's nothing to prevent districts from focusing on career and technology related courses," Culbertson said.
CCISD's junior high and elementary schools will participate in the week's activities by journaling "What I want to be when I grow up," wearing a shirt representing their favorite college or university, wearing a college or university hat, and dressing up for their desired occupations. Teachers will tell students about the college or university they attended.
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