Carl Stuart Middle School is encouraging its students to further their education all the way through graduation during its Stay in School week.

The school will have themed days throughout the week, which started Tuesday with students allowed to wear their pajamas to encourage them to follow their dreams. Because the student’s futures are bright, they will wear hats and shades to celebrate on Wednesday. Thursday is college and career day so students can come in clothing that represents their favorite school. Friday is "don’t be a fool, stay in school" day, so students are encouraged to sport wild hairstyles and wear crazy hats and clothes.

While originally started by Conway Public Schools Superintendent Greg Murry as a request for each school to talk to its students about the importance of staying in school until graduation, Carl Stuart Principal Harvey Benton said this specific Stay in School week was the idea of Cindy Buddenberg, a teacher at the school.

‘It’s an opportunity for us to impress upon the students how graduation influences their whole future," Buddenberg said.

She said it’s easy in elementary and middle school for students to come to school because they’re woken up, driven, picked up and motivated by their parents.

"But as they get older, personal choices and choices of their friends plays a part in whether they graduate," she said.

Calling attention to that, Buddenberg said they are encouraging students to make personal commitments to continue their education.

Students Jenna Sellers, Kennedy Lee and Pierre Hughes said they grasp the importance of not dropping out.

"Get a good education so you can get a good job," Sellers said.

Hughes said it’s important to continue on "so you can have a good future" and be successful.

Getting to see things one might have never seen before and getting to go on adventures and explore new places is an incentive to graduate, Lee said.

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