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CBHS Seniors’ Annual March to Post Office Is Dec. 15

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CBHS Seniors’ Annual March to Post Office Is Dec. 15
Posted on 12/12/2017
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About 90 seniors from Casco Bay High School (CBHS) will march down Congress Street from the Portland Museum of Art to the downtown post office on Friday, Dec. 15, to mail their college applications or supporting materials.

The event will mark the school’s fifth annual "March to the Post Office" to celebrate every senior completing at least one college application – and to promote the Portland Public Schools’ goal of graduating every student college ready. Students will gather at the museum about 1:20 p.m. and the march is slated to begin at 1:50 p.m.

“This march is a wonderful event to showcase the bridge between high school and college,” said CBHS college counselor Elizabeth Hampton.

Many of the students participating in the march are the first in their families to apply to college, and for some, English is not their native language. The College March is a powerful symbol of the idea that every student, regardless of background or circumstance, has the potential to thrive at a high-quality institution of higher learning.

The roots of the College March date back to 2012, when more than 600 seniors from New York City’s Outward Bound Schools’ network of public schools marched from their respective campuses to their local post office or mail truck to submit their college applications. Hundreds of fellow students, teachers, family members and elected officials cheered them on. Students hoped to inspire others to persevere through challenge en route to success in college and beyond.

The march also has become an EL Education tradition. CBHS is a mentor school within the EL Education (formerly Expeditionary Learning) network. EL Education is a leading K-12 nonprofit focused on raising student achievement across diverse schools and communities.

CBHS strives to have 100 percent of its graduates to be accepted to college, and this goal has been met with three of the school’s first five graduating classes. Over the past 10 years, 98 percent of students have been accepted to college. Dec. 15 of this year marks the deadline when all seniors are expected to submit at least one college application.

On Friday, Dec. 15, CBHS seniors will be dropped off at the Portland Museum of Art. From there, they will proceed down Congress Street to the post office where they will mail either a college application, a follow-up postcard to a top-choice school, an updated transcript, or a letter to a significant adult in their life who has supported their achieving this milestone. Following the mailing of the letters, students will proceed to City Hall where they will be joined by their fellow students, families and guests for an address by city and school officials. TD Bank is sponsoring the march and Portland Mayor Ethan Strimling and Portland Public Schools Superintendent Xavier Botana will be speaking.

Below are links to a history of the march and a YouTube video of last year’s march:

https://youtu.be/c0Tjj_h1PqY

https://eleducation.org/resources/college-march

PHOTO CAPTION: CBHS students march down Congress Street in December 2016 to mail their college applications at the post office.