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UW-Eau Claire to Celebrate National GEAR UP Day Sept. 18

RELEASED: Sept. 15, 2009

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire GEAR UP program, in conjunction with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, will celebrate the first National GEAR UP Day with a community outreach event from 1 to 4 p.m. Sept. 18 in the Arrowhead Room of Davies Center.

The event commemorates 10 years of success for the transformative, federal Gaining Early Awareness and Education for Undergraduates Program created during the Clinton administration. The mission of the program is to significantly increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education. Since its inception in 1999, GEAR UP has improved educational outcomes for millions of low-income students across the United States. Participating GEAR UP programs currently are implementing two six-year grants that provide services to students at the middle and high school levels.

To date, the GEAR UP programs have served more than 3,500 students in 52 schools in Wisconsin. National GEAR UP Day is a time to celebrate those accomplishments.

"Our GEAR UP program has a unique approach because programs begin no later than seventh grade and students stay with the program through high school graduation," said UW-Eau Claire GEAR UP director Marge Hebbring. "We also work to help transform schools by supporting statewide educational reform efforts, leveraging local resources and encouraging schools to engage in meaningful community partnerships."

For more information about UW-Eau Claire's GEAR UP program, contact Hebbring at 715-836-5826 or hebbrima@uwec.edu, Bonnie Dockry at 715-836-3171 or bonnie.dockry@dpi.state.wi.us or visit the UW-Eau Claire GEAR UP Web site. More about the Wisconsin DPI GEAR UP program is available online.

To learn more about the national GEAR UP program, contact the National Council for Community and Education Partnerships at 202-530-1135.

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