may not be related, but they're definitely a family.
what any member of the Haskell Upward Bound program will tell you.
Thursday night, they gathered on the Lawrence university campus
for a powwow in celebration of another successful year.
Upward Bound, which helps American Indian high school students prepare
for higher education, takes on 60 students during its year-long
sessions. Carlene Morris, the director of the local organization,
said teaching and helping the students has become more than a job.
working with the students and making that connection with them,"
Morris said of seeing students succeed. "It's a lifelong
Thursday that connection brought together hundreds involved with
the program, including Upward Bound students from programs with
Kansas State University and Nebraska. While the sounds of drums
and dancing filled the air, program faculty looked on with pride.
all believe," said K-State student services coordinator Pharamond
Guice. "It's a great thing to watch their minds when they
experience something new."
program has proved beneficial, as students involved are four times
more likely to earn a college degree than other students from similar
backgrounds. Morris said the Native American graduation rates are
lower than she'd like, something she hopes Upward Bound will
Schlichting, a former student in the program, attended Thursday's
event with other Upward Bound alumni. The future KU student said
the program pushed her to focus more on academics.
the end of the day, the hard work and determination was set aside
and old-fashioned fun took its place.
drive was well worth it," Guice said.