National GEAR UP Week 2013 Round Up

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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! GEAR UP programs across the country celebrated many different ways, including videos, proclamationa, letters of support, student photo booths, Governor support, field trips, and of course many many dream walls.

National GEAR UP Week is an opportunity for to raise awareness in our 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.

Fattah NGUW 2013

Congressman Fattah, the architect of the successful national college readiness and access program GEAR UP celebrates GEAR UP Week and thanks students, program staff, families and partner organizations for their hard work! Congressman Chaka Fattah (PA-02) as he kicked off this national celebration to raise awareness about GEAR UP in our communities.

Dr. Ladd Letter

California GEAR UP received a letter of support from Elk Grove 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.

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Secretary of Education Arne Duncan honored GEAR UP with a letter of recognition for all the hard work of GEAR UP programs across the country.

I heart GU Campaign

In addition, we successfully launched our ‘I HEART GU’ campaign during NGUW in order to let supporters 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. More photos on our Facebook page.

California GEAR UP schools across the state celebrated in a number of ways, including Shasta Lake School  who did an activity at lunch with K-8th grade student with the event/activity consisting of the banners being made out of post-it notes and the students were to write there name, dream, goal, college or what they wanted to be when they graduate on one of the post it notes. This activity will continue in classrooms to make sure that at least all 6-8th grade students get to write something. Then the banners will be laminated and hung in the cafeteria as daily reminders for the students.

Frisbee Middle School in Rialto, CA had all grades participate in creating a DREAM WALL and it was great to see students really start thinking about their dreams and routes to get there. Many went from “I want to have money” to “I want to be a vet”. They started connecting totheir intrinsic side, which is always fun to see.

The California GEAR UP Bridge Project celebrated during their homecoming parade by chanting “A through G, I can see me with a college degree.”  The excitement and engagement is evident with their GEAR UP flags and energy. Students also celebrated all across the Valley High School campus with the ‘I HEART GU’ campaign.

How did you celebrate National GEAR UP Week?


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