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CBHS Annual March to Post Office Dec. 13

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CBHS Annual March to Post Office Dec. 13
Posted on 12/05/2019
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The community is invited to watch and cheer as seniors from Casco Bay High School (CBHS) march down Congress Street on Friday, Dec. 13, to mail their college applications or supporting materials.

The event will mark the school’s seventh 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. More than 90 students are expected to participate.

They’ll gather at the Portland Museum of Art about 1:20 p.m., where they’ll meet with Reiche Community School kindergarten students to help build the younger students’ college aspirations. Students will begin their march to the downtown post office about 1:50 p.m.

“This ritual vibrantly demonstrates to the school community and the world that every kid is ‘college material’ – that every kid can get there with hard work and adequate support, if they decide that is the right path,” said CBHS Principal Derek Pierce. “We want our students to graduate with as many options as possible – and we want college to be one of them.”

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 College March is an annual event for some high schools throughout the country. Its roots 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. 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.

About 98 percent of CBHS graduates have been accepted to college and the vast majority go on to attend college each fall or after a gap year.

When CBHS seniors reach the post office on Dec. 13, they’ll 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 lives 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. There also will be speeches from two CBHS seniors: Josh Shunk and Johan Sifa Ramazani.

TD Bank is sponsoring the march, which happens each year with assistance from the U.S. Postal Service. Portland’s new mayor, Kate Snyder, and Portland Public Schools Superintendent Xavier Botana are expected to speak.

Click HERE for learn about the history of the march.

PHOTO: CBHS students at the 2018 march.