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True Colors: Poughkeepsie Students Celebrate Launch Of Book

Poughkeepsie High School students published a new coloring book.
Poughkeepsie High School students published a new coloring book. Photo Credit: Contributed

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. -- Six Poughkeepsie High School students can call themselves published authors.

The students published the coloring book, "Color My Future! A Career Exploration Coloring Book," and are hosting a launch party at noon on Wednesday at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center.

The book is designed to educate, inspire, and engage elementary school children and their families on in-demand occupations within New York.

The Career Action Center at Poughkeepsie High School recruited a group of six students to research careers and illustrate them using electronic tablets. The group worked together to organize career clusters that help explain the education requirements, projected growth, and average salaries for a wide variety of professions.

“The hope is to impart dreams and aspirations in our youth at a young age, fill the gap in knowledge about growing industries, and maintain a strong and viable workforce,” said Chamber President & CEO Frank Castella, Jr. “These students took time that could have spent relaxing during their summer vacation to complete the artwork, statistics and design—we are all proud of their hard work and the dedication they showed to their craft and this project."

The project was made possible thanks to grant funding from the Workforce Development Institute, a statewide nonprofit that works to grow and keep good jobs in New York, as well as support from the Poughkeepsie City School District and Fidelis Care.

The coloring book will be distributed to local libraries, community centers, schools, and other locations throughout Dutchess County.

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