Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Elected Officials Encourage Students to Go to College

San Diego City Councilmember Todd Gloria and School Board Member Shelia Jackson recently attended kick-off pep rallies for GEAR UP, which stands Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs. A federally-funded Department of Education grant program, GEAR UP is designed to help current 6th and 7th grade students begin thinking about and preparing for college. The events, at College Avenue Compact middle schools Monroe Clark and Woodrow Wilson, were designed to get students excited about participating in GEAR UP and encourage them to strive for success. Teachers, counselors and GEAR UP staff sported t-shirts emblazoned with “Believe in your dreams to achieve your goals. Succeed in life.” Councilmember Gloria emphasized the importance of remembering where you come from and helping your community. Board Member Jackson lead students in a cheer of “100% College Bound!” She spoke of the importance of education in achieving one’s dreams and encouraged the students to continue to strive to do well in school. GEAR UP counselors will support the Clark and Wilson students as they move through Hoover High School, providing mentoring and tutoring, plus support for teachers and parents. For more information, please contact Clark Principal Thomas Liberto at (619) 563-6801.