How many people do you know that can say they started earning money for college when they were in 7th grade? How many people do you know who were even thinking about college at that age? Yet, that is precisely what is happening at Lindsay Unified School district. Starting in 7th grade, participants in the REAP program can earn funds for college by getting high scores in their core classes. Not only that, but they are already beginning to learn about what college options are out there and what the financial cost is of getting a 4 year degree.
This is Laura Cortes, counselor at Lincoln Elementary School, having a monthly lunch meeting with her REAP Club members. At this meeting, she reminds them about how to earn REAP scholarship money. She gives a very basic overview of college options and what the cost of those options are. Mrs. Cortes wants her learners not just to be thinking about college, but to understand that going to college is an attainable goal.