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'5K March to College' event benefits non-profit organization

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

The 3rd Annual 5K March to College was held Thursday in Grant Park.

The event benefits the not-for-profit organization Center for Companies That Care’s programs. One program is ‘AIM High,’ which partners CPS students with mentors from businesses around the area to help prepare students for college, so that they eventually graduate.

The college fair and 5K run/walk were both a success, and Secretary of State Jesse White was even in attendance.

Out of 34,000 students who enter 9th grade in Chicago each year, only 2,054 will graduate from college by age 25. That means only 6% of Chicago public high school freshman will receive a college diploma.

Programs such as AIM High help CPS kids heighten their goals and realize college is a potential achievement, regardless of the obstacles. In fact, all AIM High students to date have graduated college. One student recently received the prestigious Pickering Fellowship and three others have received the Gates Scholarship.

For more information about Center for Companies That Care, visit their website.

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