Teaching Kids College Just Part of Life Fox School Works with Universities to Show Students Pursuing Higher Education Can Be Second Nature
Peterson, Eric, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Byline: Eric Peterson Daily Herald Staff Writer
With a college education more necessary than ever for a successful and prosperous future, it's never too early for children to start thinking of it as a normal part of growing up.
That's why Anne Fox School in Hanover Park has affiliated itself with two other elementary schools in California for what's being called the "No Excuses University" program.
In conjunction with the program, students and faculty recently celebrated "homecoming" with a touch football game and an evening dance.
"It was neat for me because it was probably the biggest turnout we had for a night event in a long time," Principal Nick Myers said.
Between 200 and 300 students showed up for the homecoming dance, hours after watching their sixth-grade team lose to the faculty 21- 14.
Since the start of the school year, each classroom has adopted a prominent university to call its own and identify with through June.
Some of them, like the University of Nebraska, have really leapt into the program with enthusiasm - sending their particular classroom a lot of supplies and memorabilia. The class that's adopted Northern Illinois University will tour the campus next week, while a speaker from the local Roosevelt University will visit Fox School in December. …