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#046--November 12, 1999; MEDIA ADVISORY
Contact: Ligeia Polidora
Laurie Ford
phone: 415/338-1665

San Francisco State University Hosts Rally to Encourage At-Risk 7th Graders to Set Sites on College Early

San Francisco, CA, November 12, 1999-To kick-off National College Week, San Francisco State University will host a rally for 160 seventh graders at James Lick Middle School, to encourage them to plan early for college.

Who: Robert A. Corrigan, SFSU president; Michael Eddings, James Lick Middle School principal; Octavio James Padua, Special Assistant to the Mayor and Susan Wong, Assistant Superintendent of the San Francisco School District

Where: James Lick Middle School, 1220 Noe Street, at the corner of Clipper

When: Monday, November 15, 1999; 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

What: University President Robert Corrigan, will join education and civic officials in a rally to encourage at-risk 7th graders at James Lick Middle School to begin planning early for college and to spread the word that college it is more affordable than they may realize. National College Week, November 15-19, 1999, is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education in an effort to showcase the opportunities available for young people to attend college.

Visuals: San Francisco State University's mascot, the giant green "Gator," will join President Corrigan to hand out SFSU t-shirts and greet 160 7th graders at a rally to encourage them to set their sites on college early.


  • While more students are attending college, research shows that more young people have the potential to do college level work if they are motivated early and give them the support they need. A recent poll indicated that only 62% of high school seniors felt they had the support they need to get ready for college.
  • Research also shows that many young people and their parents think about college too late. They think college is more expensive than it is, and they don't take the right courses. This is especially true of at-risk kids. Also, most students decide whether or not they are college material by 8th grade.

    James Lick is a small, diverse California Model Restructuring School. Sixty-percent of James Lick students are eligible for federal-reduced or free lunch. The personalized middle school environment, present at James Lick, has attracted local and national attention. James Lick Middle School follows the Consent Decree philosophy that all students can succeed.


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