BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – Rotaract Club of Birmingham, through its Ready 2 Succeed program in partnership with A.H. Parker High School, is hosted the third annual “College Signing Day” on Friday, April 26, 2019. The ceremony will honor the academic achievements of 95 graduating, college-bound seniors.
College Signing Day not only celebrates graduating seniors but also showcases the student leaders and inspires younger students to continue their education. Reverend Mike McClure Jr., pastor of Rock Church in Forestdale will serve as the keynote speaker for the ceremony; radio personality Dana “Lady Woo” Woodruff of 95.7 JAMZ will emcee the event. Michael Moore, Deputy Commissioner of Sports & Entertainment will represent the Mayor’s Office.
“In working with the students at Parker High School, our members see firsthand the hard work and commitment these graduating seniors put into continuing their education post-high school, and we want to celebrate their great accomplishments,” said Signature Service Director Derrick Gooden. “Our club recognizes the importance of education for the next generation of leaders. We are excited to see what the future holds for these seniors and look forward to celebrating new senior classes in years to come.”
College Signing Day is part of the Rotaract Club of Birmingham’s continued efforts to promote education and support educational-related initiatives across the city. Ready 2 Succeed, a partnership with College Admissions Made Possible (C.A.M.P.) and one of the club’s Signature Service Projects, is in its fifth year. The initiative aims to increase the number of post-secondary scholarships and financial aid being applied for and awarded to students from Birmingham City Schools. Rotaract members are paired with Parker High School students to mentor the students and help them navigate the college preparation and admissions process while developing friendships along the way through team building activities, football tailgates, service projects and more.
“I want Parker High School to be known for our commitment to preparing students to be college and/or career ready when they graduate,” said Cornelia Davis, Career Academy Coordinator at Parker High School. “When this event started in 2017, we honored 62 students. This year, we are celebrating more than 90 students who are heading to college next year. I’m excited to continue this partnership with Rotaract and look forward to celebrating more students in years to come.”
Press Release provided by Rotaract Club of Birmingham.