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The moment you walk into Brent Elementary, it is evident this campus is embracing a college-going culture. Teachers have sprinkled their college swag in and around their classrooms and placed a giant map with college pendants and pens showing on-lookers where each teacher went to college. "Each class adopted a college and have researched that college. The fifth graders once a week have presented their information to the entire school during announcements," said Keisha Brown, K-12 College Readiness Coordinator. "I love this because the college exposure isn't limited to one class, but the whole school."
But, some Brent Elementary third graders are taking it a step further. Dawne Noto, a third grade teacher, has found a former third grade student of hers, Kayla Hoyle, to be their pen pal. She's a freshman at Tarleton State University. "Kayla sent our whole class honorary Tarleton Texan pencils," said Noto. In her first letter to the class, Kayla wrote, "I am making your all honorary Tarleton Texans for the rest of the school year. However, first, you must know a few things to be a Texan. Tarleton is located in Stephensville, about two hours and 15 minutes from Little Elm. We love our school color Purple and even wear it every Thursday (Purple Thursday)," wrote Hoyle.
At the end of her spring semester, Hoyle plans to bring it all home and come speak to her adopted third-grade class.
"I just think this is incredible opportunity for our kids. This is the sole purpose of a K-12 College Readiness program, creating opportunities for them to be exposed to colleges at a young age so they can have a college-going mindset," said Brown.