MPS is celebrating GEAR-UP Week, September 21-25, 2015 in all traditional middle schools. The mission of GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) Alabama is to significantly increase the number of at-risk students in Alabama’s Black Belt who are prepared to enter and succeed in college through a U.S. Department of Education grant awarded to the UAB.
All week, MPS middle schools students will participate in fun activities to motivate and provide an orientation for the ongoing work that is to come in their schools for the next several years. Activities will include pep rallies, games, guest speakers, college and career fairs and tours and other learning activities.
Schools that are a part of the GEAR-UP grant are given instructional tools, resources, personnel and activities that directly benefit students and teachers--- all with the aim of increasing college attendance and completion. In addition, there are tools for educating parents like college and financial aid options, increasing the child’s participation in academically challenging courses, and supporting them through the college admissions process. Tutoring, mentoring, and other monthly academic activities are integral to the program.
For more information about the GEAR-UP Program, call your middle school or visit http://gearupal.com/