Bright Side: Fifth grade students look to their futures

By WEEK Reporter

May 20, 2014 Updated May 20, 2014 at 6:51 PM CDT

NORMAL, Ill. -- Fifth graders at Pepper Ridge Elementary are ending the school year with a new appreciation of where their futures can take them.

The students completed a program called opening doors and today was their end of the year celebration.

The year-long leadership program is designed to keep the kids excited about the future and the opportunities that await them.

"We don't want them to think, hey graduating high school, their job is done, and and they're done academically. No. That's kind of their springboard to college, or the military, or any other vocational trade that they might want to pick up," said Reg Washington, Pepper Ridge Promise Council.

Throughout the year, the students listened to guest speakers, took field trips to area colleges and learned about a variety of jobs.