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Hollingworth Elementary Celebrates College Kick-Off Event Sept. 7


WEST COVINA, CA – SEPTEMBER 1, 2010 – Celebrating its program that promotes college attendance starting in elementary school, Hollingworth Elementary in West Covina will hold its No Excuses University Kick-Off event on Tuesday, September 7 at 9 a.m. “No Excuses University” is a network of elementary, middle, and junior high schools across the United States that actively promote a comprehensive model of college readiness to all students the moment they begin elementary school. Hollingworth Elementary is the only school in the San Gabriel Valley that has been accepted into the network.

At the Kick-Off event, students will have fun listening to various college fight songs thanks to the Nogales High School Noble Regiment Band. Alumni from USC, UCLA, Northwestern, are scheduled to attend, including Dr. Peggy Kelly, Dean of the College for Education and Integrative Studies, Cal Poly Pomona.

“Hollingworth is very proud to be a partner of the No Excuses University Network, “ said Principal Kim. “The focus on college readiness we believe, will allow our students to have more opportunities in their future.  As we move into our second year of partnering with NEU we see a greater awareness about college and a deep desire from students to go to college.  We at Hollingworth realize that there really should be no excuses in helping children to do their very best.  We can’t wait for the day when our former students return to us to tell us which colleges they have been accepted into!”

Hollingworth Elementary has worked diligently to expose students to powerful college symbolism as part of the No Excuses University program. College flags and banners are hung on doors across the campus. Classroom bulletin boards are dedicated to each college or university. Partnerships have been formed between classes and universities along with college alumni speakers visiting and speaking with their future students. For more information on No Excuses University, visit

Hollingworth Elementary is proud to be a two-time California Distinguished School and a nationally recognized NCLB school as well. .

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