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VVSD Official Tells Parents College Possible for Any High School Graduate

The head of Valley View School District 365U’s College and Career Readiness program spoke to a group of parents at Tibbott Elementary School’s College Week Lemonade Tailgate event.

Editor's note: The following is a press release from Valley View School District 365U. 

As long as students obtain a high school diploma, “I can promise you there will be a college, university or some other type of post secondary education that is right for them.”

That’s what the head of Valley View School District 365U’s College and Career Readiness program told a group of parents at Tibbott Elementary School’s College Week Lemonade Tailgate event last week.

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‘We all must help instill a culture in Valley View where all of our children are prepared not only academically but also with the mindset that they can and will go to college,” longtime Bolingbrook resident Dorletta Payton told the group.   

“Parents and the school need to work together to help our children achieve success.”

Payton detailed the importance of children obtaining some sort of post secondary education whether it be a trade school, a community college or four-year school.

“The reality is the jobs of tomorrow require more education,” she said, pointing out that, on average, four-year college graduates earn roughly $22,000 a year more than someone who just has a high school diploma. 

Payton discussed the types of things colleges look for in a student and urged parents to get their children involved in activities, including community volunteer work, as they get older. She also suggested that a rigorous curriculum in high school, something VVSD has instituted in the past several years, is critical.

“Promote good study habits in your child. And come to the school and get involved. Meet with your child’s teacher,” she said. “But the number one thing you can do for your child right now is read. Good readers make good thinkers and writers.”

Payton, who is helping coordinate a districtwide effort to prepare all children for a post secondary education, praised Tibbott’s college awareness program which has been in existence for three years.

Mike October 14, 2012 at 04:33 PM
Good luck with this initiative. Especially since more than just a few of the kids in BHS don't even want to be there, let alone graduate or go to college.
NeliR October 14, 2012 at 11:29 PM
Great attitude! Why not focus instead on how things can be improved. Of course there will always be some kids that don't get it nor want to get it (in ANY community), but God bless people like Dorletta Payton who are committed to doing all they can to make things better. Wishing peace and love to you and yours, Mike.

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