James Matthews Elementary School in the Dollarway School District recently hosted a College and Career Awareness Parental Involvement Day.

The purpose was to give students early insight into the possibilities that lie ahead for their futures, to encourage the pursuit of post-secondary education and give parents the opportunity to interact, according to a news release.

Dollarway Superintendent Barbara Warren was the featured speaker. Her message was “Be ready to be great.”

She told students that being great starts with being prepared, learning all they can, listening to and following directions and instructions and making good choices.

“Students listened attentively and were excited and chanted the words in excited unison ‘Be ready to be great!!!!’ according to a news release.

Under the direction of Harold Wooster, the drmline from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff conducted two brief performances.

Principal Leondra Savage introduced guest participants and welcomed the students, parents and everyone in attendance. Officials in attendance were Alderman Steven Mays and state Rep. Vivian Flowers.

The day also involved a career awareness tour, where students visited with various representatives from different occupations, and viewed their exhibits.

“JMES would like to thank the entire community for their tremendous support,” a spokesman said.