GREEN BAY - On the first day at Washington Middle School, kids focus in on trying to find their homerooms.
But the staff says they hope students also focus on a college-bound future.
"We have a program called AVID here, which is Advancement Via Individual Determination, that projects minorities, first generation and those students who may not be pushed to go to college," said principal Lori Frerk.
The school brought in Ron Morris, an admissions advisor from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. He shared his personal story of turning his grades around, and focusing on his education.
"If you're one of those students that say, ‘I'm not achieving as good as I possibly can: if that's you, stand now," he asked the students assembled. The majority of the children stood up.
Morris said it's never to early too start setting your child up for success.
"People should be thinking about higher education really at birth," said Ron Morris. "Most of don't, and that's part of the reality."
Some kids say they've already made big plans for their future.
"Hopefully I want to get into a college in Florida that I wanted to go to and go from there to get the job I want," said Asia Lucier-Anderson.
"Studying is really a big thing in school because you want to get good grades so it looks good on a college application so you can get in to college," said her classmate Hannah Shroble.
Parents say they've been pushing their kids to succeed.
"Extremely important!" Sandy Deloney said as dropped off one of her four secondary-school aged kids at Washington. "These days you can't go anywhere without a college degree. I want them to do the best at everything they try to do."
Educators say it's that common goal between students, parents and teachers that will help this class of eighth graders become successful adults, whether in college or the work world.
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