Visitors will notice college pennants on display in hallways throughout Marshalltown Schools this fall.
The idea came from Superintendent Dr. Theron Schutte, who saw a similar display at a school in Memphis, Tenn. The schools are displaying banners of the colleges and universities attended by teachers and staff members at each building.
It’s a way for staff to show their school pride, but the primary reason is to inspire students to see their options in higher education.
“The idea was for kids to see on a daily basis where they could go,” Dr. Schutte said.
Marshalltown High School Associate Principal Deb Holsapple took a list of all the colleges and universities attended by Marshalltown Schools staff and contacted the higher education institutions to have them send the pennants. She received hundreds of them as a result of the request.
“We want to let our students know there are lots of options out there,” Holsapple said.