Thursdays at Kennedy School have been devoted to a purpose that may seem unique to a school serving preschool through third grade students. For the rest of the school year Thursdays will be known as "TCT" - Think College Thursday. Principal Kartsimas learned of a colleague in another school district who implemented this idea, and was inspired to bring it to District 81. She collected information on where all staff members attended college/university, and took their Polaroid pictures. Kartsimas and her team created a bulletin board prominently displayed outside of the main office that shows which colleges staff members attended in bar graph form, with the title, "We Went to College -- You can too!"
Kartsimas shared "We want our community to know that collectively, we believe that college and career readiness begins in elementary school." Yesterday was the first TCT, and the movement kicked off with staff and students wearing college shirts and/or colors, but this powerful message will encompass more than just wearing college shirts. Staff will share their own college experiences with students and open students' minds to their own possibilities. The ultimate goal is to make students aware of what colleges and universities exist and get them thinking about life after high school.