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CBHS Seniors Parade College Aspirations in Annual March

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CBHS Seniors Parade College Aspirations in Annual March
Posted on 12/06/2016
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About 95 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. 9, to mail their college applications or supporting materials.

The event, which starts at the museum about 1:30 p.m., will mark the school’s fourth 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.

In 2012, more than 600 seniors from New York City’s Outward Bound Schools’ five-borough 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 local elected officials cheered them on. Students hoped to inspire others to persevere through challenge en-route to success in college and beyond.

 For the last four years, the Mentor Expeditionary Learning High Schools around the country have been asked to participate, and CBHS has been an eager participant among that group! 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. December 15 of this year marks the deadline when all seniors are expected to submit at least one college application.

 On Dec. 9, 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 post card 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. A reception for seniors and their families will follow.

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.