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Hundreds of elementary school students say they're college bound

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Chris Altman, Principal of Margaret Wills Elementary School Chris Altman, Principal of Margaret Wills Elementary School
Melinda Harper says her 6-year-old son, Taiwan plans to go to college so he can be a doctor Melinda Harper says her 6-year-old son, Taiwan plans to go to college so he can be a doctor
Hundreds of parents and students gather for College Bound Back to School Night at Margaret Wills Elementary Hundreds of parents and students gather for College Bound Back to School Night at Margaret Wills Elementary
AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) -

When you think back to your time in elementary school, most of us probably didn't have college on the brain. But that's exactly what educators are Margaret Wills Elementary are trying to accomplish with this year's College Bound Back to School Night. 

6-year-old Taiwan Harper has never set foot on a college campus, but through College Bound night he got glimpse of what it takes to get there. 

"If we can start at an early age showing them that education is the way, it unlocks the potential in each of these kids," said Taiwan's mother, Melinda Harper. "If we do that when they're young, then we don't have too much to worry about in the future when they become an adult." 

The Harper's are just two of the hundreds of kids and parents who showed up to Margaret Wills Elementary's "College Bound" night -- a chance for these young students to celebrate the college mindset and the opportunities that arise after graduation. 

"We want them to know that school is fun now but there's a road ahead of them that's going to take them somewhere," said Principal of Margaret Wills Elementary, Chris Altman. "We want them to have a plan, to begin to think about their plan now." 

At Thursday evenings event, high school students, Amarillo College, and WT representatives offered information on GED programs, ESL classes, and other certificate programs. 

Altman says events like these are so important for the community, especially for the families where the parents did not go to college. 

"We have a lot of parents who haven't gone to college, but not they see the importance of that for their own children," said Altman. 

"If you didn't go to college, you can start with this generation," said Harper. 

Harper says her son had a lot fun checking out the the WT buffalo and the Tascosa Drum Line  but even at his young age of six, she hope the College Bound night will help him with his big dreams in the medical industry. 

"He says he wants to be a doctor and whatever he chooses to be, his father and I are going to really push him and let him know it is possible, even at six we told him you can do it," said Harper. 

There were over 1,000 people at College Bound. Educators say it is one of their biggest turn outs. 

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