From the Washoe County School District:
As part of National GEAR UP Week 2013, which begins Sept. 23, Traner Middle School, Vaughn
Middle School, and the Dean's Future Scholars will participate in a celebration of the continuing success of Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP). This is a college access program providing students and families the support and resources they need for college success.
In Washoe County, GEAR UP students will celebrate National GEAR UP Week 2013 with a series of events aimed to increase awareness of college and career readiness. Dean's Future Scholars is going to make a ‘chain of dreams' with students, while both Traner and Vaughn will facilitate daily activities for students to dream big and learn about the college process. For example, their activities will include participating in a college trivia game, pledging to go to college, wearing college and GEAR UP ‘gear,' and learning about financial aid and scholarships. Traner also hosted a "College Week" prior to National GEAR UP Week 2013, which included a college and career fair with a number of vendors from across Nevada.
"The GEAR UP program has truly made a difference for our students and our school," said Dr. Ginny Knowles, principal at Vaughn Middle School. "Our GEAR UP staff members support our efforts to make sure that the students are prepared to attend and succeed in higher education."
To date, the Nevada State GEAR UP program has served 11,500 students. This includes graduates from GEAR UP schools in 2007 and 2012, as well as current 7th and 8th graders in GEAR UP schools across the state of Nevada.
To learn more about the national GEAR UP program, please contact the National Council for Community and Education Partnerships at 202-530-1135 or www.edpartnerships.org.
From the Washoe County School District