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Kindergarten fair set for Lincoln School

The Hillsboro School District kindergarten community fair is set for 5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, April 4 at Lincoln Elementary School, 801 N.E. Lincoln.

The event is free to families of incoming kindergarteners.

Participate in fun literacy and math activities, eat a school lunch and see a school bus, fire truck and police car up close.

Learn about kindergarten registration. Each kindergartener will get a book to take home.

Future Connect launches in Hillsboro

The Future Connect Scholarship Program, sponsored by Portland Community College for high school students at risk of not attending college, will launch in Hillsboro in the fall of 2013, thanks to a helping hand from Hillsboro’s City Council.

Hillsboro’s councilors recently voted unanimously to earmark $100,000 in city funds to support a two-year pilot program of Future Connect, PCC officials said. The program will directly benefit 50 eligible students from any Hillsboro high school who seek a college degree.

The city’s grant will be matched with $100,000 from PCC and the PCC Foundation, to be put toward student scholarships that supplement financial aid and provide individualized academic advising, career-guidance classes, access to tutoring, cohort support and personalized coaching.”

Future Connect is an innovative program that invests public and private funds to significantly brighten the future of at-risk high school graduates right here in Hillsboro,” said Birgitte Ryslinge, interim president of the PCC Rock Creek Campus.

“Two out of five Washington County high school graduates of color do not pursue post-secondary education.”

Future Connect first launched in 2011 in Portland. The program now serves more than 340 Multnomah County students, representing 28 schools. Of these students, approximately 90 percent rank as low income, nearly 65 percent are students of color, and 83 percent of Future Connect scholars are the first in their families to attend college, according to PCC officials.

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