First Lady and OSSE encourage students as they take first steps toward college

On Friday, December 5, First Lady Michelle Obama joined the District of Columbia Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) and representatives from the DC Public Charter School Board, and Expeditionary Learning to cheer on Capital City Public Charter School seniors as they marched through the school to mail their completed college applications. The event culminated OSSE’s College Application Week (CAW) activities and furthered its goal to see each District high school senior submit at least one application.

Now in its fourth year administering CAW, OSSE piloted the program in 2011 with seven schools in efforts to support its mission of increasing access to college opportunities. This year, the program successfully garnered participation from 24 public schools and 2,2289 District seniors who completed 5,162 applications.

The First Lady’s visit was the ultimate inspiration to the Class of 2015 and even the lower school students who looked on as all 75 seniors made their way to the mailbox.

In addition to Captial City PCS march to the mailbox, District schools hosted an array of CAW events, offering best practices for admissions essays, help with transcript requests, and assistance finding money to pay for college through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the DC Tuition Assistance Grant (DC TAG).

College Application Week is celebrated annually in November. For more information, visit


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