El Paso Community College (EPCC) adopted Ramona Elementary School as a “College Bound School” during a proclamation ceremony held in September 2016. The school adoption is the third in EPCC’s Elementary School Adoption Program, and is the first for the Ysleta Independent School District (YISD).
During the “Crayons to College” celebration, EPCC President Dr. William Serrata welcomed YISD Superintendent Dr. Xavier De La Torre and Ramona ES Principal Irene Medlin, and the Ramona ES student body to the program.
The focus of the adoption program is to increase college readiness and awareness at the elementary school level, with the goal of creating a college-going culture. With the value of a college education ingrained in students early, organizers believe students will be more likely to pursuing a bachelor’s degree after graduation.
After the program, officials from EPCC, YISD, and Ramona ES gathered at the school’s flag pole to raise a special “College Bound” flag, which is flown at the school’s flag pole as an everyday reminder for students to pursue higher education. Students wearing EPCC college bound t-shirts also demonstrated some hands-on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) projects to those in attendance.