Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Spring SOY table at Reagan HS

Tami and I were glad to have a literature table today during lunch at Reagan HS.  Students stopped by the table to spin the peace wheel, take literature, talk about their plans and do some stencil art.  Several staff people also stopped by to talk, and a life skills teacher did some stenciling to add to their area bulletin board.  We brought our military reality fliers and Americorps materials to the Project Advance room and spoke with some of the career counseling staff. We learned that, beginning this year, Reagan students who qualify can take ACC courses right on the Reagan campus, beginning as early as their first year in high school. Thus, the new designation (along with LBJ HS) as an Early College High School. Also, some Pearce Middle School students are now attending the 8th Grade College Prep Academy on the Reagan campus.

college flags flew in one the courtyards

We learned that this is Social Justice Week at Reagan, with different issues addressed each day.  Today, it was suicide prevention and bullying.  Students told us that the day's announcements included info about these issues.

As we walked into the front office, there was a running list of scholarship opportunities on the school's video screens.  This particular scholarship was listed on a poster outside the career counseling offices.

This flier was also posted outside the career counseling room.  Our materials challenge several of these claims.  For example, very few enlistees will retire in 20 years, and most soldiers will not qualify for or use the highest GI Bill figures, according to government statistics.  The flier does not mention that veterans are more likely to be unemployed than civilians, and that approximately one in three homeless adults is a veteran.  Nor does it mention the high rates of Post Traumatic Stress, Traumatic Brain Injuries or Military Sexual Trauma that soldiers suffer. causing serious difficulties in family life and job retention. 

A good online resource for info about college financial aid

Student stencils

Life Skillls teacher and community garden organizer

We were happy to see this poster, featuring Public Offenders, and Gidon, who is a past student president at Reagan and who is included on our Peace Wheel.

Stencil art

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