Friday April 12, 2013 | 03:15 PM
Posted by Chris Hall

No, not Kickstarter.  That's a different post.

Kick Start is a show on WPXT (Our Maine).  It's for kids in 8th grade, and the show's mission is to give young people a boost toward success in education, and in life.

John Marshall hosts the show.  I had the good fortune of meeting him last night at an open house for the new WPXT studio in Westbrook (4 Ledgeview Drive - great facility!).  John and I spent some time talking about how a simple experience like being on a kid's show can change your life - just like it did for him.

We also talked about how important it is to connnect young people to success - not just the best and the brightest, but ALL kids.  And Kick Start provides just the right mix of fun, facts and encouragement to make that happen.

Once, many years ago, there was a Kick Start campaign in Maine aimed at increasing the number of high school students who went to college.  The campaign contributed to our region's high educational attainment levels - stats show we've got a higher percentage of post-secondary educated people in our area than Boston does.

But there are still a lot of kids who don't connect to higher education, and to our economic future. 

For them, thanks to John Marshall and the folks at WPXT, Kick Start lives on.

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