Apr 28, 2010
Help Kzoo Central bring the President to their commencement
Students and lawmakers are urging people to vote for Kalamazoo Central High School in the “2010 Race to the Top High School Commencement Challenge” for the honor of having President Obama as their commencement speaker for the class of 2010.
Kalamazoo Central is one of just six high schools in the nation – the only one in Michigan – selected to compete in the Race to the Top Challenge. Voting is currently taking place until Thursday, April 29, and people across the country will be voting on videos created by each of the schools.
The school’s supporters have been circulating a flier all with the “10 ways you can help” that includes getting the word out through their website, as well as on Facebook and Twitter. Kalamazoo students have held rallies and even gone door to door to solicit votes.
Please go to the web site and rate their video a five.
The challenge was designed to recognize public high schools with effective strategies for reducing the number of high school dropouts, promoting college and career readiness, and encouraging college enrollment in support of meeting the President's goal of producing the highest proportion of college graduates in the world by 2020.
In order to participate in the competition, by March 15 schools had to submit an online application consisting of four short essay questions that demonstrate how the school successfully prepares students for high school graduation and college and career success.