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School Takes Colorful Approach To Exposing Kids to College


Jefferson Elementary School in Green Bay is taking a colorful approach to getting the young students to start thinking about options for college now.

There is no school in the Green Bay School District Friday, but the teachers at Jefferson Elementary school are hard at work giving the school what they call an "extreme college makeover."

"So, teachers giving up our time just to make the school more colorful with these collegiate colors," explained teacher Jenny Woldt.

The teachers and other volunteers are painting 25 classroom doorways to match different colleges, the majority of which are in Wisconsin, but also others throughout the country.

It's part of the Phuture Phoenix program , a partnership the elementary school has with UW-Green Bay.

"We've had a connection with UWGB to sort of build the idea that going to college is a viable option for every child," explained teacher Jessica Lepak.

Staff at Jefferson Elementary says it's important to get kids thinking about college as young as possible.

"It's something we need to think about as their younger and building those skills so that it's not just 'high school, now what am I going to do about college?' So, the kids here are super excited about college and know what year they're going to be starting college," added Lepak.  

The various colleges donated penants and other memorabilia to add to the doorways and classrooms.

"Just seeing the colors or the mascots. The mascots are really the big draw for the little kids with the association with college," explained Woldt.

Jefferson Elementary plans to expand the project to add different military divisions and technical colleges throughout the year.

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