POSTED: Wednesday, September 7, 2011 - 10:17am
UPDATED: Wednesday, September 7, 2011 - 6:35pm
EL PASO- Go for your dreams, work hard and believe in yourself.That's the lesson students at a Far East El Paso elementary school learned at a special week-long event.
They brought in speakers to talk to students about the importance of a post-secondary education and Oralia Ortega had the chance to take part in their presentation.
He dropped out of Harvard to work on a little business idea and Bill Gates went on to become the billionaire chief operation officer of Microsoft. He did not make the cut for his high school basketball team but Michael Jordan became a pro and won six championships. Those are some of the ordinary people who went on to do extraordinary things that students at Jane Hambric Elementary in Far East El Paso learned about.
Dressed in their pajamas, the 5th and 6th graders are taking part in an event themed "Follow your Dreams".
"We wanted the kids to really think about their dreams and it's following your dreams, so we told the kids that they would wear their pajamas," said school counselor Rosemary Sandoval.
Every school in Socorro Independent School District is taking part in "Generation Tx" this week, a state-wide initiative aimed at getting students thinking about their future after high school through various school activities.
"It’s college and career readiness, getting the students prepared and have the knowledge, the base so that they understand the admission process, financial aid, scholarships," said Rosemary.
NewsChannel 9's Oralia Ortega was one of the guests, brought in to speak about the television industry.
"I wanted to show you first, a little tour of NewsChannel 9 and you can see the different jobs that are available there," said Oralia as she started a slide show of the station.
Students then got the opportunity to have Q&A session. The rest of the week, the students will have guest speakers and a different theme every day during Generation Texas week and they couldn't be more excited.
"We found that when students are exposed to different people from throughout the El Paso sector and they talk to them about careers, that it helps them to see themselves and what they might want to do in the future,” said Rosemary.
The rest of the themes this week: dress for success, college spirit day, and freedom to choose your future career.