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Third graders go to college

From the Daily News:

The pupils who used to attend teacher Kristin Palmer’s third-grade class at a charter school in Frankford would go to Room 118.

Not anymore.

Now they go into Room Temple.

It’s the same room at the First Philadelphia Charter School for Literacy, at Tacony and Church streets, only the name has been changed as part of a program to instill in the 8-and-9-year-olds the concept of college.

“Many of the students live in poverty, and I believe if young children are exposed to college, even at the conceptual level, there’s more of a chance that they’ll attend college when they’re finished high school,” Palmer said.

“It puts the idea on their radar: They know that college comes after 12th grade and after college, a good job.”

Read the entire story by TOM SCHMIDT here.