Celebrate National GEAR UP Week 2016!!!

2016 National GEAR UP Week – September 19-23!

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!

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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. Let’s  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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2016 National GEAR UP Week – September 19-23!

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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!

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. Let’s  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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2016 National GEAR UP Week – September 19-23!

We encourage you to use the resources below to plan and prepare for 2016 National GEAR UP Week.

Inspiration & Planning:

Resources:

  • Download the National GEAR UP Week logo
  • Download the “One in a Million” sign
  • Download the #I<3GEARUP / #IheartGEARUP sign
  • Download the 2014 GEAR UP by the Numbers infographic
  • Proclamation request template – Use this letter template to request a proclamation for National GEAR UP Week from your Senators, Representatives, Governor, Mayor, Councilmembers, etc.
  • Proclamation template – Attach this proclamation template to your proclamation request to save you time!
  • Student letter to Member of Congress – Use this letter template as a guide to encourage your students to share their GEAR UP successes with their Members of Congress!

Press & Media:

  • 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.

National GEAR UP Week 2015

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As we approach the end of National GEAR UP Week for 2015, we’re thrilled with the outcome of your efforts to showcase the people, strategies, and impact of GEAR UP on diverse communities in nearly every corner of the country. We’ve certainly had a blast seeing the joyful faces of GEAR UP, witnessing school-based events in action, and sharing the resounding message that GEAR UP truly works. We are amazed by your creativity and we’re certain that your hard work has paid off.

The stories are still coming in and we plan to showcase them here and on Facebook.

Jones Junior High School in Baldwin Park, CA had a blast with the full week of activities that included a ‘Whip It’ flash mob!

Monday 9/21 – College Posters in the Quad, Mascot Game, Teachers share college experiences in all classes

Tuesday 9/22 – Map of U.S. with staff members colleges displayed in the cafeteria, A-G Jeopardy game in the Library

Wednesday 9/23 – Colleges Celebrities Attended Powerpoint, Pledge Cards in the Quad

Thursday 9/24 – College Cheers Flash Mob, Art Contest Gallery Walk in Library, College T-Shirt Competition

Friday 9/25 – Judging of Poster Contest, Mascot Game PowerPoint, Raffle

Saturday 9/26 – BPUSD College Fair at BPHS

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National GEAR UP Week Sept 21-25, 2015

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2015 National GEAR UP Week – September 21-25!

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.

We encourage you to use the resources below to plan and prepare for 2015 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.

Share your National GEAR UP Week plans with us!  Just complete this form.  Have cool resources or other materials to share?  Send them via e-mail so we can upload them on this page!

Inspiration:

Resources:

  • Download the National GEAR UP Week logo
  • Download the #I<3GEARUP / #IheartGEARUP sign
  • Download the 2014 GEAR UP by the Numbers infographic
  • Proclamation request template – Use this letter template to request a proclamation for National GEAR UP Week from your Senators, Representatives, Governor, Mayor, Councilmembers, etc.
  • Proclamation template – Attach this proclamation template to your proclamation request to save you time!
  • Student letter to Member of Congress – Use this letter template as a guide to encourage your students to share their GEAR UP successes with their Members of Congress!

Press & Media:

  • 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.

Community Resources:

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New GEAR UP Awards Announced will help 116,000 Students

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U. S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today announced the award of $82 million for 41 grants under Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) that will help 116,000 at-risk students to prepare for college and receive the support they need to achieve success in postsecondary education.

Secretary Duncan announced the grantees in New York City at the launch of American Graduate Day, a public awareness and community engagement program to celebrate the work of individuals and groups across the country who are helping students stay on track to college and career successes.

“GEAR UP partnerships and state grants are inspiring examples of communities taking a stand for excellence and equity in education, investing in student success, and creating a culture that helps all young people achieve,” Secretary Duncan said. “I commend all the recipients for their relentless efforts to help students realize their potential through college readiness, access and completion.”

Two types of grants are being awarded: $51,420,120 for 31 partnership grants in 19 states, and $31,264,008 for 10 state grants to Alabama, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia.

Both state and partnership awards are competitive, six or seven-year matching grant programs that target entire grades of students, partner with local organizations and businesses, and include matching local contributions and in-kind services. Grantees serve an entire group of students, usually beginning no later than seventh-grade, and follow them throughout high school.

This year, applicants were encouraged to address how they plan to increase postsecondary success, implement college- and career-ready standards, and work in conjunction with Promise Zones – places where the federal government has partnered with local communities and businesses to create jobs, increase economic security, improve educational opportunities, and reduce violent crime.

State grants include both a required activities component and a scholarship component. The required activities component  seeks to increase college attendance and completion by raising low-income students’ awareness of college and financial aid options, increasing their participation in academically challenging courses, and supporting them through the college admissions process. The scholarship component requires the state to maintain a financial assistance program for GEAR UP students to attend institutions of higher education.

Partnership projects must include at least one low-income middle school, one college or university, and two community or business organizations. Partners work together to provide students and their families with a range of support services needed to prepare for college, including mentoring, counseling, tutoring, and summer programs to succeed in higher level math and other gateway college preparatory courses, as well as information about college and financial aid options.

Examples of this year’s grants include:

  • Berea College in Kentucky, which is already a recipient of our Investing in Innovation and Promise Neighborhood grants and is part of one of the five Promise Zones, is receiving about $5.5 million to partner a range of postsecondary institutions and key organizations with high-poverty school districts. They will serve almost 7,000 students in 37 schools by providing a comprehensive set of services–to parents, students and schools–that support a sustainable college-going culture.

  • Northeastern Illinois University and Chicago Public Schools District 299 will use its $5.78 million grant to transform the way schools prepare some 7,229 disadvantaged students for high school and success in college.; Beginning in 36 elementary and middle schools that feed into 14 high-needs Chicago public high schools, and partnering with eleven colleges and community based organizations, the project has three objectives: to increase academic preparation and performance of GEAR UP students in higher level math, English and science courses; increase high school graduation and college-going rate; and increase students’ own educational expectations by deepening their knowledge about the benefits of postsecondary education and the availability of student aid.

  • St. Johns University in New York City, N.Y., will use its grant of nearly $450,000 to improve the educational outcomes for 650 low-income, predominantly Hispanic and African-American students. Fourteen additional partners are collaborating on the project: two local education agencies, seven community-based organizations, one state agency, one college program, and three businesses – matching the federal grant dollar for dollar – to provide comprehensive mentoring, enriched technology, college awareness workshops, residential summer programs and a dual enrollment program. The goal is to increase high school graduation and postsecondary enrollment and decrease the need for remediation once students are in college.

  • The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education is receiving $3.4 million to use a collective-impact model that will partner colleges, businesses and non-profits, among others, with three urban school districts. The goal is to increase student achievement for nearly 3,000 students through data-driven decisions, develop a sustainable college-going culture, and establish a shared community vision for equitable college access and success.

  • State Council of Higher Education for Virginia will use its $3.4 million grant to help nearly 6,000 middle school students attending some 29 middle schools, including 300 homeless students.Through its partnership with school districts, colleges, non-profits, and business, the project will provide a comprehensive set of services to improve college readiness and increase college enrollment. The project will also follow students through their first year of college by providing mentoring and tutoring to ease their transition to postsecondary education.

In addition to the 41 new grants announced today, GEAR UP is funding 87 continuation projects begun in the last five years that are providing these comprehensive support services to approximately 450,000 middle and high school students.

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Note to Editors: Attached are the GEAR UP grant awards, alphabetical by state, with contact information and award amount. State grants are marked with a double asterisk **.

FY 2014 Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP)

Alabama Birmingham City Schools, Birmingham — $2,919,674 Spencer Horn, shorn@bhm.k12.al.us, (205) 231-4674

The University of Alabama at Birmingham, — $3,500,000** Lawrence Tyson, ltyson@uab.edu, (205) 975-2491

Arizona Graham County Community College, Thatcher — $1,113,600 Carter McEuen, cartermceuen@eac.edu, (928)428-8275

California YPI Charter Schools, Arleta —$2,316,000 Jesse Noonan, jnoonan@ypiusa.org, (213)688-2802

Humboldt State University Sponsored Programs Foundation, Arcata —$443,614 Vikash Lakahni, vikash.lakahni@humboldt.edu, (707)826-5381

Los Angeles Unified School District, Los Angeles — $1,911,200 Micaela Vazques Hahn, mjv1705@lausd.net, (213)241-0145

University Corporation at Monterey Bay —$900,795 Joy Brittain, jbrittain@csumb.edu, (831) 582-3960

University Corporation at Monterey Bay —$1,209,199 Joy Brittain, jbrittain@csumb.edu, (831) 582-3960

University Enterprises Corporation at Cal State San Bernardino —$2,406,741 Stephen Villa Senor, Stephen@csusb.edu, (909)537-3200

The Regents of the University of California, Santa Cruz —$467,860 Yesenia Cervantes, yesenic@ucsc.edu, (831)459-1831

Colorado Weld County School District, Greeley —$714,859 David Reyes, dreyes@greeleyschools.org, (970) 348-6040

Florida Hillsborough County Public Schools, Tampa —$534,400 Lenegar Jazheel, jazheel.lenegar@sdhc.k12.fl.us, (813)272-4828

Hawaii University of Hawaii, Honolulu —$480,300 Amy Agbayani, Agbayani@hawaii.edu, (808)956-4567

Illinois Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago —$5,783,200 Wendy Stack, w-stack@neiu.edu, (312) 563-7232

East St. Louis School District #189, East St. Louis —$747,135 Demean Vaughn, demean.vaughn@estl189.com, (618) 646-3056

Iowa Iowa College Student Aid Commission, Des Moines —$3,206,922** Christina Sibouih, Christina.sibouih@iowa.gov, (515) 725-3101

Kansas University of Kansas Center for Research, Inc., Lawrence —$320,000 Ngondi Kamatuka, Kamatuka@ku.edu, (785)864-3401

Wichita State University, Wichita —$740,000 Riccardo Harris, Riccardo.harris.wichita.edu, (316) 978-7810

Wichita State University, Wichita —$740,000 Victor Chavez, vic.chavez@wichita.edu, (316) 978-7800

Kentucky Berea College, Berea —$5,513,600 Dreama Gentry, dreama_gentry@berea.edu, (859) 985-3853

Louisiana Lafayette Parish School System, Lafayette —$1,888,723 Traci Aucoin, traci@louisiana.edu, (337) 521-7165

Maine University of Maine, Farmington —$2,970,042** Kathryn Markovchick, Kathryn@syntiro.org, (207) 685-3171

Maryland Maryland State Department of Education, Baltimore —$2,176,389** Mary Howlett-Brandon, mahbrandon@msde.state.md.us, (410) 767-0367

Minnesota Special School District No. 1, Minneapolis —$2,048,000 Eric Molho, eric.molho@mpls.k12.mn.us, (612) 668-0549

New York Higher Education Services Corporation, Albany —$3,500,000** Jennifer Dwire, Jennifer.dwire@hesc.ny.gov, (518) 474-4060

St. John’s University, Queens —$442,729 Yvette Morgan, morgany@stjohns.edu, (718) 990-2532

North Carolina Appalachian State University Boone —$2,748,792 Jennifer Wilson-Kearse, wilsonkearsejj@appstate.edu, (828) 262-8016

Appalachian State University Boone —$1,436,840 Jennifer Wilson-Kearse, wilsonkearsejj@appstate.edu, (828) 262-8016

Ohio Ohio Board of Regents, Columbus —$3,500,000** Rebecca Watts, rwatts@regents.state.oh.us, (614) 466-0884

Oklahoma University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond —$719,200 Myron Pope, mpope5@uco.edu, (405) 974-5370

Oregon Oregon State University, Corvallis —$2,600,000** Stephanie Carnahan, carnahst@onid.oregonstate.edu, (541) 346-5761

School District 1J Multnomah County, Portland —$1,207,200 Angela Nusom, anusom@pps.net, (503) 916-5404

Pennsylvania Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, Harrisburg —$3,400,000** Sandi Sheppeard, ssheppeard@passhe.edu, (717) 703-7238

School District of Philadelphia —$4,370,400 Alexandre Robinson-Rogers, arobinsonrogers@philasd.org, (215) 400-6850

South Carolina Richland School District Two, Columbia —$1,377,206 Arlene Bakutes, abakutes@richland2.org, (803) 738-3316

Texas Desoto Independent School District, Desoto —$1,125,557 Debbye Garner, debbye.garner@desotoisd.org, (972) 274-8212

Texas A&M University-Kingsville —$1,043,996 Mary Gonzalez, kamlp00@tamuk.edu, (361) 593-2129

Virginia State Council of Higher Education, Richmond —$3,410,360)** Paula Fisher, paulafisher@schev.edu, (804) 225-2612

Washington Highline Public School, Burien —$1,156,000 (206) 631-3045

Central Washington University, Ellensburg —$2,593,600 Julie Guggino, gugginoj@cwu.edu, (509) 963-2640

West Virginia West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, Charleston —$3,000,000** Adam Green, green@hepc.wvnet.edu, (304) 558-0655

National GEAR UP Week 2014 Open Thread

Monday September 22, 2014

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Join educators and policymakers all over the nation in celebrating the GEAR UP students, families, educators, and our many partners that work tirelessly to make higher education possible for so many. Join the campaign by:

  • Share the Congressman Fattah’s Video and Secretary Duncan’s Letter locally. Link to the Congressman’s Youtube video and download Secretary Duncan’s letter (see below) for use in your local campaign–let’s get the word out at all levels!

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  • Getting social on Twitter and Facebook. Ask your students, teammates, and partners to let the world know what GEAR UP means to them on social media. We’ll be sharing why we love GEAR UP every day and want to hear from you too! Be sure to use the hashtags #iheartGEARUP and #GEARUPworks and follow us at @CAGEARUP and @edpartnerships and on Facebook.

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Richfield Elementary School coordinated the celebration of its 100th anniversary with students, staff, and community for National GEAR UP week.  In the spirit of academic excellence, Mrs. Spannaus was awarded her plaque for 2013/2014 teacher of the year.  Later that evening, students were challenged to GEAR UP for the school’s 100th annual spelling bee.

Screen Shot 2014-09-22 at 9.25.27 PMElk Grove Unified School District Resolution Supporting National GEAR UP Week in California and in Elk Grove. Elk Grove Unified and California GEAR UP has one of the longest and most successful partnerships in the history of GEAR UP going back nearly 15 years.

Updated September 23, 2014

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Tincher Preparatory in Long Beach celebrated NGUW with a college door decorating contest, spirit day, and  college vocabulary and college goal setting activities.

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Hudson Middle School enjoyed some ‘March Madness’ fun for NGUW as well as door decorating contests and DREAM Wall activities.

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The Accelerated School had a blast preparing a DREAM Wall banner.

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Jones Junior High in Baldwin, Park has activities scheduled for EVERY DAY OF THE WEEK!

Updated 9/24/14

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In collaboration with local leadership from the Walmart Mi Futuro program, Vista Preparatory Academy is celebrating National GEAR UP Week with a guest presentation from Officer Macintosh of the California Highway Patrol.  Officer Macintosh covered a range of topics including the postsecondary education and training required to serve in local, state, and federal law enforcement.  Vista students left with a better understanding of criminal justice administration and Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST), and the local colleges and universities that offer such career pathways.

Updated 9/24/14 3:53pm

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We received a letter of recognition from Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today! “Superintendent Torlakson continues to be a champion of education in California. The California State GEAR UP program extends appreciation for the letter of recognition for National GEAR UP Week from the Superintendent.” ~Shelley Davis, Director

Updated 9/25/14 11:24pm

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The 8th grade class at Shasta Lake School spent National GEAR UP Week at Shasta College exploring technical career pathways.  Students received college and career presentations from law enforcement, truckers, technology support, state, and local government officials.

Updated Updated 9/26/14

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Valley High School GEAR UP staff honored NGUW 2014 and the 10th Grade GEAR UP cohort by playing the girls basketball team….and won!

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Hudson Middle School in Long Beach hosted an A-G relay race and “I Love GEAR UP” photo contest!
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“Many thanks to California Assemblyman Roger Dickinson for the resolution recognizing National GEAR UP Week in California.  We appreciate his leadership in the State Assembly, for our program and his efforts for educators, students and families across California.”  ~Shelley Davis, Director

Save the Date: National GEAR UP Week 2014 Sept 22-26

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During the week of September 22-26, 2014 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.

Resources for schools and GEAR UP Programs:

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.

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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.

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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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Elk Grove Unified School District Honors GEAR UP Week


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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.

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