P.E.O. Chapter CA rolls out Ready … Set … Goals! program

| November 25, 2020 6:00 AM

P.E.O. Chapter CA, Polson, presented Ready … Set … Goals! — a pilot program designed to assist today’s young women in preparing for their future educational goals — to Polson’s ninth-grade girls on Nov. 9. Seven girls attended, along with their mothers, and one student attended via a remote connection.

Throughout the program, the students were encouraged to start early by staying organized, writing everything down and tracking all their community service and extracurricular activities. A three-ring binder was presented to each student as a tool to hold all transcripts, essays and awards. When it comes time to fill out job, college or scholarship applications, the information will be organized and readily available.

Another part of the program explained different aspects of P.E.O. loans, grants and scholarships available to women. Information was provided on Cottey College, a fully accredited four-year independent liberal arts and sciences college for women offering baccalaureate and associate degrees. Located in Nevada, Missouri, it has been owned by the P.E.O. Sisterhood since 1927.

Chapter CA plans to make a similar presentation to middle school eighth-graders and their parents in the spring.

A gift certificate to the Cove Deli & Pizza was presented to the girls as an added bonus for attending the program. The Ready … Set … Goals! program is chaired and developed by Lynn Gardner with assistance from Chapter CA members Becky Peltz, Linda Bone, Marilyn Trosper, Penny Jarecki, Janice Donovan, Barb Lyons and Lois Abell. Contact Lynn at gglivestock84@gmail.com for additional information.

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P.E.O. Chapter CA members presented the Ready ... Set ... Goals! program to Polson’s ninth-grade girls. (Courtesy of Suz Rittenhouse)