High school uses college T-shirts to inspire and motivate students

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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – Every other Wednesday at a local continuation high school, the idea of going to college is on the minds – and bodies – of students once on the verge of giving up and dropping out. On College T-Shirt Day, Frontier High School students, as well as teachers and staff, sport colorful T-shirts with the logos of their favorite colleges and universities. Call it visual motivation. “You see these T-shirts and it makes you want to say, `Oh, OK, I’m going to college,”‘ said Myesha Taylor, 17, a senior. That’s why Frontier administrators started College T-Shirt Day at the beginning of the school year. At first, the T-shirts were handed out as rewards to the school’s top achievers. But the program soon caught on throughout the campus. And so has the idea of education after high school, said Sunshine Zuniga, Frontier’s alternative outreach education consultant. “About 80 percent of our graduates now are on the path to go to a community college, trade school, specialty school or a four-year university,” Zuniga said. “We want to make sure that once they transfer out of here that they have a plan for what they want to do. And most of them are headed for some form of higher education.” College T-Shirt Day is a reminder of the possibilities that lay ahead, Zuniga said. “Without (the T-shirt day), I wouldn’t have even thought about college,” said junior Tiffany Montanez, who said she has plans to attend Rio Hondo College and then transfer to USC. Taylor agreed. She believes people have a wrong perception of continuation school students as being focused solely on getting their high school diplomas. “We’re the same as other high school kids, except we messed up once and came here,” said Taylor. “But now, because we’re at Frontier, we have the opportunity to do better for ourselves, even after graduation.” tracy.garcia@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051last_img

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