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CBHS Students’ Annual College March Is Dec. 14

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CBHS Students’ Annual College March Is Dec. 14
Posted on 12/06/2018
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The community is invited to watch and cheer as nearly 100 seniors from Casco Bay High School (CBHS) march down Congress Street on Friday, Dec. 14, to mail their college applications or supporting materials.

The event will mark the school’s sixth annual "March to the Post Office" to celebrate every senior completing at least one college application – and to promote the Portland Public Schools’ goal of graduating every student college ready. About 98 students are expected to participate. They’ll gather at the Portland Museum of Art about 1:20 p.m. and the march to the downtown post office is slated to begin at 1:50 p.m.

“It’s important to take a moment to recognize the accomplishments of all our students and to acknowledge their various paths to life beyond high school,” said Stephanie Doyle, CBHS college & career transition coordinator.

Many of the students participating in the march are the first in their families to apply to college, and for some, English is not their native language. The College March is a powerful symbol of the idea that every student, regardless of background or circumstance, has the potential to thrive at a high-quality institution of higher learning.

The College March is an annual event for some high schools throughout the country. Its roots date back to 2012, when more than 600 seniors from New York City’s Outward Bound Schools’ network of public schools marched from their respective campuses to their local post office or mail truck to submit their college applications. Students hoped to inspire others to persevere through challenge en route to success in college and beyond.

The march also has become an EL Education tradition. CBHS is a mentor school within the EL Education (formerly Expeditionary Learning) network. EL Education is a leading K-12 nonprofit focused on raising student achievement across diverse schools and communities.

CBHS strives to have 100 percent of its graduates accepted to college, and this goal has been met with three of the school’s first five graduating classes. Over the past decade, 98 percent of students have been accepted to college. Dec. 7 of this year marks the deadline when all seniors are expected to submit at least one college application.

On Friday, Dec. 14, CBHS seniors will be dropped off at the Portland Museum of Art. From there, they will proceed down Congress Street to the post office where they will mail either a college application, a follow-up postcard to a top-choice school, an updated transcript, or a letter to a significant adult in their lives who has supported their achieving this milestone. Following the mailing of the letters, students will proceed to City Hall where they will be joined by their fellow students, families and guests for an address by city and school officials. There also will be speeches from two CBHS seniors, Asha Abdi and Thomas Victor.

TD Bank is sponsoring the march and Portland Mayor Ethan Strimling and Portland Public Schools Superintendent Xavier Botana will be speaking, as well as City Councilor Belinda Ray.

Click HERE to view a YouTube video of the 2017 march. Click HERE to learn more about the history of the march.