Grant helps Tarrytown students think about their futures
Being the first at anything isn't an easy task. And students who are the first in their families to go to college have an especially tough time. That's where the Foundation for the Public Schools of the Tarrytowns comes in.
The FPSTT helps students understand the importance of college, the process for applying, and helps them get their SAT scores up so they can get into the college of their choice. A grant from us has supported a two-day college tour every year since 2011. In April of this year, 48 juniors toured Clarkson University, SUNY Potsdam, SUNY Canton, and SUNY Albany. There are meetings with admissions and financial counselors, as well as lunch in a dining hall.
Shelly Colley, who heads the FPSTT, says the trip opened some students' eyes -- it was the first time they'd been outside of Tarrytown. Questions like: "Where are we?”, "Why are there no minority students on campus?", "How would you get back home, if you needed to?", and "This is my first time staying in a nice hotel" led staff to understand that this trip has more value than just seeing college campuses.
Students gathered at at SUNY Cortland.
The tour demystifies the college application and admissions process for these students, most of whom are English Language Learners; first-arrived immigrants and/or students receiving free or reduced price lunch. The Kids Club of Tarrytown supports the SAT prep part of this program.
Students thoroughly enjoyed the trip, and even made a video of their journey.
Hey kids -- you're welcome!