Eighth-graders to participate in Future Investment Day Feb. 22

About 200 eighth-grade students from Huntington Middle School will visit the Huntington campus Friday, Feb. 22, to take part in Future Investment Day.

Charles C. Meyers Jr., a senior engineering student and the event director, said the purpose of Future Investment Day is for the students to realize the need for college and to understand the steps necessary to prepare for college.

“Eighth-grade students are at a point in their lives where it becomes crucial for them to start thinking about the idea of going to college,” Meyers said. “If the students go into high school with a set goal of attending college, then they are more likely to work harder in class and focus on getting good grades.”

Future Investment Day features hands-on and interactive workshops designed to stress the importance of college. The students also will learn about student organizations, college majors and potential careers. Marshall students will share personal stories of achievement and academic success with the eighth-graders.

Meyers has developed and coordinated various leadership initiatives including the Words of Reflection Writing Contest at Huntington Middle School, which allows students to write about their personal struggles, achievements and aspirations.

“Future Investment Day will help students in the Huntington community understand that each one of them has the potential of going to college and to realize the need of investing in their own future through education,” Meyers said.

Major sponsors of the event are Marshall’s Center for African American Students, Division of Academic Affairs, College of Information Technology and Engineering, College of Science and Office of Recruitment, as well as the Cabell County Schools, Future Investment Program of Huntington, My Brother’s Keeper, Toyota Motor Manufacturing, West Virginia Inc. and Neighborgall Construction Company.

“The Marshall University Center for African American Students is elated to support and host this unique initiative created by one of our most outstanding university students,” said Maurice Cooley, director of the center. “We sincerely celebrate opportunities of this nature that will stimulate the growth and development of our local youth to prepare their pathway to higher education. It is also a pleasure to collaborate with Cabell County Schools towards the success of this initiative.”

The event runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Memorial Student Center.