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Mar 15

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College awareness

Tyler ISD’s Bell Elementary Global Communications Academy is celebrating a new partnership with Tyler Junior College (TJC) to help create a college-going culture among students as young as elementary age. The two schools announced the partnership during a “Leaders Today, College Tomorrow” assembly at the Bell campus Wednesday.

The partnership will expose Bell students to various aspects of college life ranging from field trip opportunities to campus tours to theatre productions and more.

“The main goal of this partnership is to begin training our students to be more college-minded, even at this young age, and to actually see themselves as a future college student,” Bell Principal Dr. Kari Hampton said. The partnership slogan “Future College Student” visually reinforces this goal to students daily through hallway banners and student t-shirts.

Dr. Juan E. Mejia, vice president of student affairs at TJC, Tyler ISD Superintendent Gary Mooring and various business and city leaders were on hand to offer their encouragement and commitment to help each student be successful in realizing their dreams through higher education.

Bell students led the assembly by showcasing lessons they have learned through the national Leader In Me program. Through this program, students learn how to use author Stephen Covey’s “7 Habits of Highly Effective People” principles to achieve their goals and become effective leaders in school and society.

“The students at Bell Elementary have goals and plans to achieve their goals, and we have been provided a great opportunity to be of service to each of the students and their families,” Dr. Mejia said.

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