Elk Grove Unified School District Honors GEAR UP Week

Dr. Ladd Letter

We are proud to share a letter of recognition of the partnership between Elk Grove School District and California GEAR UP from Superintendent Ladd. Since 1999 GEAR UP and Elk Grove have collaborated on student success and creating college-going culture. Thank you, Dr. Ladd for helping us celebrate National GEAR UP Week.


Congressman Fattah Kicks Off National GEAR UP Week

Fattah NGUW 2013

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Happy National GEAR UP Week!

Today we kick off a week-long celebration of GEAR UP’s successes.  You work hard every day to make sure low-income, minority and first-generation students (and their families) get an equal opportunity to enter and succeed in postsecondary education and beyond.  Now, it’s time to celebrate your accomplishments and be recognized for the progress that we’ve made together because #GEARUPworks!

Join Congressman Chaka Fattah (PA-02) as he kicks off this national celebration to raise awareness about GEAR UP in our communities, and stay tuned for updates from GEAR UP sites across the country!

We will keep you updated here on the blog as well as on Twitter and Facebook. Please feel free to post pictures and Tweet updates to us all week long! Use #GEARUPworks when posting.

I heart GU Campaign

In addition, we launched our ‘I HEART GU’ campaign last week in order to let supports know how they feel simply by sharing a photo. Download the pdf file I love GEAR UP and you can participate just by Tweeting us or posting a photo of anyone holding the ‘I HEART GU’ on our Facebook page.. #GEARUPworks


National GEAR UP Week is Coming: Sept 23-27


Join thousands of students, parents, teachers, partners and college access professionals from across the nation to celebrate GEAR UP and the successes of your hard work and dedication!

National GEAR UP Week is an opportunity for you to raise awareness in your community about the positive impact GEAR UP is having locally.  It’s a time to engage all your stakeholders – local, state and federal elected officials, funders, partners, as well as local, state and regional media – to share your program’s accomplishments and to get them more involved with your services to students and families.

Don’t miss this opportunity to join Congressman Chaka Fattah (PA-02), GEAR UP’s Architect and Champion, as well as U.S. Department of Education officials, to commemorate your hard work and the progress our students are making towards achieving their life-long dream of going to college!

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2013 National GEAR UP Week – September 23-27!

Plan now for success in September!

We encourage you to use the resources below to start planning and preparing for 2013 National GEAR UP Week.

Please share your plans, ideas, and materials with us so we can all benefit from your creativity and energy.  Let us know if you have any questions or comments about National GEAR UP Week and check back often for additional/updated resources.

Here is the California GEAR UP Dream Wall Activity: Dream Wall Activity

Inspiration & Resources:

Press & Media

  • Download the National GEAR UP Week logo
  • Media Advisory – This template is to notify media outlets in your area to cover the event you are hosting.  Media advisories are distributed ahead of the event so that outlets can schedule and plan to cover your event.
  • Press Release – This template will help you create some “buzz” about your event.  You can send it out before or after the event takes place, just make sure you edit it accordingly!
  • Op-Ed: Guidelines & Talking Points – Op-eds are a great way to raise awareness about GEAR UP at the local and regional level.  Follow the tips and use the template in this resource to submit your op-ed to your news outlet.

Let us know how you plan to celebrate in the comments section below!