With just a desk and phone in the back of the auditorium serving as their office, GEAR UP took their first cohort of seventh-graders at Normandin Middle School in 2000.
Sixteen years later, they have grown significantly. GEAR UP now has a presence throughout the school, serving seventh- and eighth-grade students from their own, dedicated GEAR UP room.
Like GEAR UP programs across the state and nation, they offer a variety of college and career enrichment programs. Some recent events include a math night for more than 100 students, and Carnival of Learning, an event during the day where students explore college and career options.
"The carnival of learning was really fun and I learned a lot about different colleges and careers," said seventh-grader Rebecca Szela. "Thanks GEAR UP you always do such fun things!"