May 1 is “Decision Day,” the deadline for high school seniors across the nation to send in their commitment to the college or university they plan to attend in the fall.
A lot of media attention goes to promising athletes when they select the college of their choice. At the Fulfillment Fund, we want every student to receive as much attention and have the same feeling of importance so that they too can feel special about this big day.
That’s why we are joining with First Lady Michelle Obama and the national “Reach Higher” campaign by sponsoring lunchtime college signing day events at our Fulfillment Fund partner schools in Los Angeles throughout the week of April 27 – May 1:
• Tuesday, April 28: Gertz-Ressler High School
• Wednesday, April 29: New Open World (NOW) Academy
• Thursday, April 30: New Designs Charter High School
• Friday, May 1: Hamilton High School
With more than 9 in 10 Fulfillment Fund high school graduates going on to college, many seniors wear college t-shirts or the colors of their future school. We take photos of students wearing their college shirts or holding signs or pennants to show their future school, and parents and staff bring treats to share.
These “feel good” events build a positive college-going culture at schools and celebrate the achievements of Fulfillment Fund scholars like Dayanara Salazar, who became the first in her family to go to college last fall. “Once you get accepted to college, the possibilities are endless,” said Dayanara, who is now finishing her first year at Colgate University with plans to major in neuroscience. “I feel proud of what I’ve done.”