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HUES GT Students Visit MSU

Written by: Crystel Ellison

It’s never too early for students to start thinking about their future after high school.

For students at Houston School District (HSD), the possibilities are limitless and as for college, convenient.

Houston School District sits just west of the heart of Chickasaw County and is about an hour away from two community colleges and four universities. Factor in all of the on-line degree programs as well as federal aid and scholarships, there are plenty of opportunities for HSD students to further their education after graduation.

Sharon Vance, who teaches Gifted and Talented (GT) at Houston Upper Elementary School, recently took her students on a field trip to Mississippi State University, building on the HSD drop-out prevention plan and career readiness standards.

“Many of my students had never been exposed to college life nor even stepped foot onto a college campus,” Vance said. “I wanted this to be a positive meaningful experience that they must be a part of one day.”

Vance stressed that experience actually starts now, from the grades they earn in the classroom to the choices and decisions they make on a daily basis that affects them for a lifetime.

The third, fourth, and fifth graders took a walking campus tour, which included seeing Davis Wade Stadium and the Hall of Fame. They ate lunch at Colvard Student Union and ended with a tour at Sanderson Recreation Center.

“My ultimate goal was to spark an interest and expose them to real-life experiences beyond their normal setting…to make them see the purpose and importance of education at such an early age,” Vance said.

Langley Smith, a third grader who attended the field trip, was one of Vance’s students who made that connection.

“I realized there is a lot of stuff you can do at college, and it made me realize I want to go,” Smith said. “My education is important, because I need to know the stuff I am learning now, so I can go to college and get a job where I want to work.”

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