YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Going to college may not be the first thing on a second grader’s mind, but a local agency is hoping to get the ball rolling with a program to help students down that path.
The Mahoning Valley Access Program has launched an Early College Awareness Program for second grade students in Warren and Youngstown.
Volunteers make up the staff that is charged with visiting classrooms and encouraging students to plan to go to college.
Experts say students should be introduced to the idea of attending college at an early age to help set an expectation for their future.
On Tuesday and Wednesday, mayors from Youngstown and Warren visited the children armed with an age-appropriate book about life after high school.
Youngstown Mayor John McNally was at McGuffey Elementary School where he talked with the students about the magic and importance of reading.
“It is important to get kids this young and encourage them to read, to pick up a book to take you to a different world, use your imagination,” said McNally. “It is also important to continue reading throughout your life, never stop.”
Warren Mayor Doug Franklin read to second-graders at Jefferson K-8 School on Wednesday.
As part of the program, each child received a free copy of the book I know I Can, which is produced by a college access program located in Columbus.