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Kindergarteners Make Promise

Promise Signing Days Offer Encouragement to Families

Kalamazoo Public Schools kindergarteners and their parents pledged to work hard to take advantage of the Kalamazoo Promise at the Promise signing days held throughout the district this fall.

Promise signing days are designed to encourage families to acknowledge the work and commitment that it takes to prepare a student — starting in kindergarten — to graduate from high school.

“We as a district, several years ago, made a promise that we want our community to go to college for free,” Nina LeSuer, the Washington Writers’ Academy data coach told families at the school’s event. “Teachers do the best they can every day, but we ask for your support. The most important influences are parents.

“We need you to get your children ready for school. Come to school for events like these. Help children when they have homework.”

Schools celebrated with cake and punch. Some events included special photo sessions and caps and gowns for the children to try on.

KPS Superintendent Michael Rice and Kalamazoo Promise Executive Director Bob Jorth attended the signing day at Lincoln International Studies School.

At the signing days, families signed pledges to support and encourage their students by helping with homework and reading; the school district promised to create a positive learning environment; and the Kalamazoo Promise office promised to pay the students’ college tuition upon high school graduation.

The Kalamazoo Promise is a scholarship for Kalamazoo Public Schools' graduates. The amount of scholarship varies depending on how long the student has continuously attended KPS and resided in the district.

For students who attend KPS from kindergarten through 12th grade, the Promise pays all tuition and mandatory fees at all public universities and colleges and most private schools in Michigan. For students who enroll in KPS by ninth grade, the Promise will pay 65 percent of tuition and fees.

For more information about the Kalamazoo Promise, visit or call (269) 337-0037.

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