California GEAR UP announces ‘Building Bridges’ Event

California GEAR UP presents ‘Building Bridges’, a partnership with local school districts and Sacramento State University to bring Valley High Students together with Oakridge Elementary school students to Sac State for a unique and engaging day of activities. This event is part of a shadowing program in which the elementary students shadow the high school students to increase their awareness for both high school and college.



California GEAR UP presents “Building Bridges” event with Valley High School, Oakridge Elementary, and Sacramento State University

December 4, 2009

WHO: California GEAR UP, Elk Grove Unified School District, Sacramento City School District, Valley High School, Oakridge Elementary School, Sacramento State University.

WHAT: Oakridge Elementary Students will be shadowing Valley High School GEAR UP students to Sacramento State University for a full campus tour, college awareness events, and lunch. Oakridge students have previously shadowed Valley students in their high school classes during a visit to the school earlier in the year. This unique event is a culminating activity to support the idea that it is never too early to start planning for and thinking about college.

With the motto “Academic Excellence and College Access for ALL students” California GEAR UP promotes the creation of a college-going culture throughout schools across the state. The Valley High School GEAR UP program represents a strategic partnership with Elk Grove Unified in creating this school-wide culture while collaborating to address the Achievement Gap.

WHEN: Friday, December 4, 2009

9:00-9:30 am:                          Valley students pick up Oakridge Elementary students
9:30-10:00 am:                        Oakridge and Valley Students transported to CSUS

10:00-10:30 am:                      Arrive at CSU Sacramento students will have snack
10:30-11:30 am:                      Tour of CSU Sacramento
11:30-12:00 pm:                      Scavenger hunt
12:00-1:00 pm:                        Have lunch at CSU Sacramento

1:00-1:30pm:                           Tour of residence hall
1:30-2:00 pm:                          Students will board bus to return back to their schools
2:00-2:30 pm:                          Oakridge students will be dropped off at Oakridge
2:30-3:00 pm:                          Valley High students will be dropped off at Valley High
Media inquiries can be directed to:

Elizabeth Graswich, Communications Director, Elk Grove Unified School District:, 916-686-7732. Sean K. Brennan, California GEAR UP Communications Director:, 415-948-9262.

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