Jordan High School graduates were recognized at a celebration last week where street banners emblazoned with the students' names and the colleges that they will attend were affixed to light poles near the school.
The blue and gold banners, complete with the Jordan panther emblem, honor nearly 150 students who are going on to universities or the armed forces.
The ceremony was part of the North Long Beach Whole Village Initiative that began last fall. Two of the originators of Whole Village, Long Beach Unified School District Board of Education Member Megan Kerr and Ninth District Long Beach City Councilman Rex Richardson, were on hand with other school and city officials. Whole Village includes various task forces working to help youth succeed.
A College Readiness Task Force created workshops for students and parents to help with college applications. The task force also suggested that students should be honored publicly for reaching their goals.