Local Principal Creates "College Ready, the Game"

Parents or grandparents with kids interested in college probably already have an idea of what is required to make it happen, but according to one high school principal, lots of students are in the dark about it.

For example, they don't have a clue as to how to apply for a college loan or grant.

So, that principal has invented a board game to prepare kids for college.

"My fifth-grade students can tell you the difference between duel credit and AP classes," said Elizabeth Venegas, a fifth-grade teacher at Gloria Hicks Elementary. "Understanding the baccalaureate program, and what's important."

It's called "College Ready, the Game." It is a board game that helps students ages eight and up learn the college lingo, everything they will need to apply for college scholarships and what it will take to get them there.

Ray High School Principal Cissy Reynolds-Perez came up with idea after years of listening to students who did not have a clue of what to do to get to college after high school.

"When I'd ask some of them 'what is your class rank?' or 'what is your GPA?', some know it and some have no clue," Reynolds-Perez said.

Reynolds-Perez' brainchild emerged from simple drawings to an impressively illustrated and detailed board, complete with rules, play money and an ultimate winner.

"And so I thought, if they're familiar as young as that age with some of this lingo, then they're not so embarrassed to ask when they're a teenager," Reynolds-Perez said.

The principal said she has received calls about her game from schools all over the country, and Corpus Christi Independent School District administrators love it.

"We want to make sure that we put it in the hands of kids that need it," Reynolds-Perez said. "It's not about trying to make money off of it. It's trying to get this into children's hands that wouldn't get it."


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