A class of third grade students at John R. Good Elementary in Irving, Texas (near Dallas) was ecstatic when they opened up their package of shirts and banners they received from New Mexico State University.
Karina Fernandez, a third grade bilingual teacher at the school, and her class adopted NMSU as their classroom sponsor. Each classroom at John R. Good adopts a university to promote the idea that a college education is possible. Fernandez picked NMSU as her adoption school because some of her relatives are NMSU alumni.
“John R. Good Elementary is a Title 1 school with socially economically disadvantaged students. So many of our students have never thought beyond high school as an option,” Fernandez said in a letter to NMSU University Admissions Director Valerie Pickett. “Many of my students have not been outside of Irving, much less to a college campus, so we are trying to do our part at the elementary level to really introduce our students to the amazing futures that they can all have.”
“We’ve been in contact with her (Fernandez) for 3 years now,” Pickett said. “We like the work she’s doing. I think she’s on the right path.”