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Okolona area elementary students are "College Bound" with a little help from Councilwoman Flood

Friday May 25, 2007

Louisville Metro Council
For More Information Contact:
Tony Hyatt: 574-4137/ 526-3622
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While many third graders go to camp during the summer, 40 third graders in District 24 will go to college!

Elementary students from two Okolona schools will be heading off to the University of Louisville with the help of Councilwoman Madonna Flood (D) 24.

“I am happy to give these children a chance to peek into their future and give them the dream of moving on to higher education,” says Flood. “Now they can not only dream of college but be able to actually experience some of the thing college students experience.”

Students from Blake and Okolona Elementary will head to the University of Louisville to participate in the “College Bound” program on Wednesday, May 30th through Friday, June 1st.

“They will then be like any college student,” says Mike Corus, Coordinator of the Okolona Family Resource Center. “They will go through orientation, classes and hopefully some fun.”

The “College Bound” program was created by Dr. Eric Wright of Guttermuth Elementary in Shively. The goals of the program can be found in what its letter stand for: Career, Opportunity, Learning, Leadership, Experience, Growth and Excellence. Dr. Wright has been involving his students in the program for the last six years.

The program was made possible through Neighborhood Development Funds of $3,500 to each school from Councilwoman Flood.

“This program is an investment in our children,” says Flood. “They will get a chance to be independent and experience some of the responsibilities that go with making your place in the world.”

The 40 students will be entering into the fourth and fifth grade for the 2007- 2008 school year. The program will require students, to write daily journals as well as keep track of their money while on campus.

“It is our hope that we will be able to encourage these students to further their education,” says Corus. “Who knows? A child might be inspired to do great things because they made an early trip to college.”

Madonna Flood (D) 24