For Immediate Release
9 March 2010

Melissa Lamar
860.773.1407 (office)

High School Students Create Literacy Bags for Tunxis Course



Literacy bags were presented by (front to back, left to right) Meghan Diorio, Lisa Cookley, Kiah Devona, Hyla Costello, and Rachelle Marquis, who represented the group of 16 Southington High School students in attendance.


Sixteen students from Southington High School presented family literacy bags they created to Tunxis Community College’s Early Childhood Professional Educators’ Consortium meeting on February 24 for an early childhood education course they are enrolled in through Tunxis.

Two groups of students created 19 bags for the course, part of an early childhood education concentration offered through the College Career Pathways (CCP) program at Tunxis. The program enables juniors and seniors to enroll in courses in a number of subjects at their participating high school and receive college credit upon their successful completion.

The bags, which were funded in part through a small grant from the Tunxis CCP program, contain a book, an audiotape of one of the students reading the book, a small cassette player, a stuffed animal, and information on how to extend reading through other activities. The bags were donated to William Wrinn Center at Hatton Elementary School in Southington.

The students also met with Tunxis Early Childhood Education faculty and toured the campus during their visit.

The College Career Pathways program links business, industry, secondary and post-secondary schools through a consortium whose goal is to prepare students to eventually enter the workforce. The program is designed to encourage and prepare high school students to pursue college degrees through a planned sequence of academic and technical courses. Students in 10th grade apply to the program by submitting a special application available through their guidance counselor, and have the opportunity to earn up to 14 college credits in high school. These credits may be used to continue post-secondary studies at Tunxis and other designated community colleges, or may be transferred to public and private colleges and universities. The program is funded through a Perkins grant. For more information on the College Career Pathways program at Tunxis, call 860.255.3737, email:

Tunxis offers an associate’s degree in early childhood education, and certificates in early childhood education and early childhood administration, as well as 56 other associate’s degree and certificate programs. Visit Tunxis at