A Party to Help Raise Awareness? Oh Go On!
Published on August 21, 2013 by Tiffany Coleman
(MERIDIAN) Broadview University recently held its first-ever Back-to-School Block Party. On Tuesday, August 13, the Boise campus opened up its parking lot for a cost-free evening of entertainment and education. Current students and the general public were invited to participate in a number of interactive activities designed to promote education. The party had one primary message: Just go on.
The idea behind the event was to get people—ages 17 to 25—excited about attending college and going back to school as part of Idaho’s Go On Initiative. According to the initiative, there are some eye-opening facts about education in Idaho:
- Idaho ranks in the bottom 10 states for people who finish a four-year degree.
- 2 of 3 new jobs will require education beyond high school.
- Idahoans who end their education at high school can expect to earn half of those with a four-year degree.
“Our primary reason for doing this event was to simply raise awareness,” Marc Glutz, who visits local high schools as Broadview University’s high school coordinator, said. “We care about this community and believe that anyone can earn a degree and achieve their dreams. We are happy to support everyone in that journey—whether or not they choose Broadview University.”
The campus partnered with a number of local companies and organizations—Big Al’s, Game Day Boise, Old Navy, Qdoba, Zumberri, Costco, Axiom, CapEd, Idaho Air National Guard, Epic Exchange and Unity Health Center—to offer free activities, coupons, giveaways and games. Local radio station Wild 101.1 also broadcasted live from the event and gave away tickets to the upcoming Kid Cudi concert.
The event drew in a number of people—from those driving by to those who heard or read about it on local community calendars. Some were people who drive by on a regular basis and were simply curious about the campus’s programs and offerings.
This is the first time the campus has hosted the event. The goal is to hold a similar event each year.
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