Twenty-four seniors at Sandalwood High School received college starter kits through Full Service Schools, a collaborative United Way initiative. Full Service Schools helps students address non-academic barriers to academic success by providing a wide range of health and social services.
The kits, sponsored by TD Bank and the school’s PTSA, included a bed-n-bag, towel set, alarm clock, first aid kit and more. Students were selected in partnership with Advance via Individual Determination (AVID), a school program designed for students who possess a desire to go to college and the enthusiasm to work towards that goal.
“These students are often the students who will be the first in their families to attend college and are from groups traditionally underrepresented in higher education,” said Angela Seabrooks, Full Service Schools coordinator at Sandalwood.
“Higher education is critical,” said Keto Porter, Full Service Schools director. “Everything in this world is so competitive and you have to gain those credentials to get the jobs that could sustain an individual.”
Full Service Schools at Sandalwood High School coordinates college kit giveaways every year. Porter hopes the kits will encourage young people and uplift the community.
“I truly believe that one of the ways we can provide some impactful change in regards to poverty is by assisting, helping and inspiring young people to go to college,” said Porter. “We want our kids to accomplish their educational goals so they can be productive citizens within our community.”