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GEAR UP Award Winners

The GEAR UP NC State Office team is excited to recognize our August 2014 GEAR UP award winners and thank them for their contributions to our GEAR UP efforts across the state!

STUDENTS OF THE MONTH:  Tavis Stanley (Edenton-Chowan), Jayla Moore (Lenoir County), Hannah Monk (Rockingham County), Daeja Baylor (Rockingham County), and Shawn East (Rockingham County)

FAMILY MEMBERS OF THE MONTH:  Terry Stanley (Edenton-Chowan), Haywood & Ida Lawhorne (Lenoir County), 2014 Summer Graduate Families (Rockingham County), and Mandi Pittman (McDowell County)

EDUCATORS OF THE MONTH:  Phillip Gatling (Edenton-Chowan), Patrick Holmes (Lenoir County); and Principals Royster, Miller, & Jones (Rockingham County)

COMMUNITY PARTNERS OF THE MONTH:  Cassandra Stone (Edenton-Chowan), The Refuge (Lenoir County), Rockingham County Faith Based Alliance and C. Ray & Cynthia M. Kennedy Foundation (Rockingham County)



GEAR UP in the News!

Warren County: Selected for a College Readiness Program
Person County: College Fair at Person High School



GEAR UP NC Outpaces the State

GEAR UP North Carolina outpaced the state in increasing high school graduation rates at target high schools between 2005 and 2012 with a 12.1 percentage point increase for GEAR UP North Carolina target schools, compared to a 11.5 percentage point increase for all public high schools in North Carolina. Most notable is that GEAR UP North Carolina works with qualifying schools that are considered low-income, where the average free-and-reduced lunch rate for target GEAR UP North Carolina high schools is 56.6%, compared to the state average of 45.2%. GEAR UP North Carolina serves the entire cohort of students and their families in qualifying low-income schools by providing early awareness of college information and academic readiness services with the goal of increasing the number of students who enroll and succeed in postsecondary education.To achieve this goal, GEAR UP North Carolina strives to increase the high school graduation rate, among several other objectives. 
Increasing High School Graduation Rates