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Middle School Students in Finley are 'College Bound' (Photo) - 01/19/18

FINLEY, WA -- Finley Middle School has been designated as a Gold Star Award winner by the Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC). This designation comes after 88% of Finley's eligible 8th grade students signed up for the College Bound Scholarship. By taking the "College Bound pledge," these Finley students have agreed to graduate from high school with a 2.0 cumulative GPA or higher, apply for financial aid, and be accepted to an eligible college. (A full list of eligibility requirements can be found at http://www.wsac.wa.gov/college-bound)

The College Bound Scholarship (CBS) was created to provide state financial aid to low-income students who may not consider college a possibility due to the cost. The scholarship covers tuition, some fees, and a small book allowance. Eligibility for the scholarship is a two-part process. Students in 7th or 8th grade whose family meets the income requirements must submit and complete an application by June 30 of the student's 8th grade year. Then students must meet the College Bound Pledge requirements and income-eligibility in their senior year of high school.

Principal Michael Harrington says that this accomplishment is the result of a team effort by the middle school staff.

"Every eligible 7th grade student and their parents are provided information and an application for the scholarship during their fall student-led conference," says Principal Harrington. "However, our school counselor continues that effort long after conferences are over to ensure all eligible students receive ample opportunity to sign up for the College Bound Scholarship."

According to the Washington Student Achievement Council, since the first CBS cohort graduated from high school in 2012, College Bound students have graduated at rates that are at least ten percentage points higher than their low-income peers who did not sign up for the program.

For more information, contact Finley Public Information Officer, Molly Curtiss, at 509.544.5787.

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Volunteers Needed: Help Finley Students through the Game of Life! (Photo) - 01/04/18

FINLEY, WA -- Remember the Game of LIFE? Seniors at River View High School in Finley are preparing for a live Financial Reality Fair hosted by Washington State Employees Credit Union (WSECU) on Thursday, January 11, and the school is looking for a few more volunteers to make it happen.

During this educational and interactive Reality Fair game, students are given scenarios that place them in a hypothetical future where they must make financial decisions based on a variety of factors. Each senior is assigned a particular post-secondary education level, career, and income level. Students move from table to table (manned by volunteers) to make purchasing decisions on food, housing, luxuries and more. Should they eat in or dine out? How much furniture do they really need in that new apartment? What's left after the student loan payment?

RVHS teacher, Jennifer Ward, is collaborating with WSECU Community Relations Coordinator, Josh Bergman, to coordinate the event.

"We're anticipating about 50 students to work their way through this amazing learning experience, so we're asking our awesome community to help support us by volunteering at the tables," Mrs. Ward requested.

All volunteers will receive a brief training beginning at 8:50 AM on the morning of the event. Adults 18 and older are asked to contact Mrs. Ward at the high school if they are interested in assisting students through the stations. The Financial Reality Fair will take place from 9:20-10:50 AM on January 11 at the Finley Community Center Gym, which is located next to the middle school at 37208 S Finley Rd, Kennewick, WA 99337.

For more information, contact RVHS teacher, Jennifer Ward, at jward@finleysd.org.

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