On December 4, Monteagle Elementary School hosted its second annual 8th grade College Fair. Organized by Natalie Burkard, 7th and 8th reading teacher, and April Dalton, guidance counselor, the goal of the College Fair was to show students their many options for school after high school.
The day began with Jamie Ensley from Ed. South speaking to students about setting their goals high and the importance of beginning to think about college now. Then, the students and their parents moved to the gymnasium where they were able to speak with college representatives. The University of the South, Chattanooga State, MTSU, UTC, UTK, Motlow State, TSU, Vanderbilt, and Watkin’s College of Art were all represented. They presented eighth graders with information to help them prepare for college such as ACT score requirements.
In just a few short months, these eighth graders will be registering for high school and will have to choose a path that will prepare them for their post-secondary goals. After speaking with the representatives from the colleges, the students brought their college interests to local high school counselors who showed them which paths their school had to offer to help them prepare for their college. Grundy County High School, South Pittsburg High School, St. Andrew’s-Sewanee, and Marion County High School all participated in the day at MES to show their support of our motto “College isn’t a dream. It’s our plan.”
A representative from TN Promise advised the students when the process begins in high school to qualify for two free years of college.
Many people were at the event to support MES students including the school, parents, and the community. Morton Memorial Methodist Church showed their support by donating drawstring bags for all eighth graders with the logo “Preparing for our Future.” The MES Student Council donated shirts to each eighth grader with the motto “College isn’t a dream. It’s the Plan.” Citizens Tri-County Bank donated clipboards and pens for the students. MES would like to thank everyone that showed and continues to show support of its students.