High school students participating in Boise State’s TRiO Pre-College Programs will showcase their educational successes in the Boise Holiday Parade on Nov. 24, and then put down their holiday tinsel and scarves to pick up leaf bags and yard tools for Rake Up Boise.
“The students volunteer to help senior citizens and the elderly in our community, and they really enjoy it and look forward to it every year,” said Sue B. Huizinga, project director for the TRiO programs.
“The goal of the TRiO programs is to help high school students enroll in and graduate from college,” Huizinga said. “Students in the program earn leadership and service-learning hours, and learn to be active in their community.”
TRiO students have participated in Rake Up Boise for 10 years, and this will be their second year to march in the Holiday Parade. This year, students from 20 area high schools are participating.
TRiO’s programs at Boise State serve individuals who either have a limited income or whose parents have not completed a college degree, or both. The TRiO programs are housed in the Center for Multicultural and Educational Opportunities in the College of Education. They began nationally in 1965 with three programs, giving TRiO its name.