On October 29, 2016, a community celebration for the New Britain High School graduating class of 2017 was held at New Britain High School. On this day, NBHS seniors and their families were treated to lunch, guest speakers and help with filling out the FAFSA, or Free Application for Federal Student Aid.
The day kicked off at 11:30 AM with Fall for Success, which included lunch and entertainment from comedian Alvin Irby. There were also NBHS alumni and various community leaders as guest speakers. The event was being sponsored by the American Savings Foundation, and Grace Church sponsored the entertainment. The Coalition for New Britain Youth and local colleges and universities provided volunteer support.
From 1:00 - 4:00 PM, the program continued with College Goal Saturday. Families were able to receive help from local financial aid professionals and community volunteers in completing the FAFSA, which is the first step toward applying for college funds. According to the U.S. Department of Education, some 85 percent of students receive some form of financial aid. There were also numerous workshops for parents to get more information.
Over 100 seniors attended the celebration, which was double the amount from last year! We look forward to making it bigger and better next year and hope to see even more seniors participate.