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City council member schools NE students about overcoming challenges

By Ms. Toni Hawkins

The Varnett Northeast Campus has been exposing students to the idea of higher education through several activities during College Week. Mr. Derrick Reed, a Pearland city council member and attorney, spoke to 5th graders about college life and life after college once they start their career.

The week started off with students and faculty wearing hats to represent a college or university on Monday and t-shirts on Tuesday. The culminating activity was having Mr. Derrick Reed, a Pearland city council member and attorney, speak to 5th graders about college life and life after college once you start your career.  Mr. Reed also talked about the importance of working hard and persevering through any adversity that comes your way. Challenges come to all of us, he said.

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Some of the students shared what they would like to do when they get older. Mr. Reed had them all write it down on a piece of paper to constantly refer to when challenges come their way as a reminder to keep pushing toward their goal.  

The students asked great questions about challenges Mr. Reed faced while in school as an undergraduate, law student and during his career as an engineer, attorney and politician.  He reiterated that all the students will finish high school but they still need to further their education whether it was going to a traditional college setting, the police academy, a trade school or even joining the military.

Ms. Hawkins is the Instructional Coach at Northeast Campus

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