Gainesville City School System hosted its fourth annual REACH Georgia Signing Day Ceremony on October 7 at the Gainesville City School Board Office. Three Gainesville Middle School scholars along with their parents signed "contracts" committing to satisfying REACH (Realizing Educational Achievement Can Happen) program requirements. Aiden Salgado, Rosendlynn Jyaireth Flores, and Dana Montiel pledged to maintain good grades, behavior, and attendance; to graduate from high school, and to attend college as part of the REACH program's criteria. Upon the satisfactory completion of all requirements, these scholars will be awarded a $10,000 scholarship to a Georgia college, university, or technical institution of their choice.
Throughout middle and high school, the scholars will be supported by academic coaches and mentors. Jane Reed, Iris Butts, and Alexandra Dalton will serve as academic coaches for the scholars, and Enrique Grana, Jr., Shannon Parris, and Gwenell Brown as mentors.
“I am so honored to be a part of the village that inspires, nurtures, challenges, and prepares the REACH Scholars to become more than they ever imagined,” said Dr. Monica Hayman, GMS 8th Grade Counselor. “The REACH Scholars will experience so many opportunities to know and grow in knowledge, passion, and skills during their journey in Gainesville City Schools and beyond. Hats off to those who have been instrumental in assisting the REACH Scholars.”
REACH Georgia is a needs-based scholarship program that awards a $10,000 scholarship to scholars selected in middle school to attend any college, university, or technical institution in Georgia after graduating from high school. The scholarships are made possible by financial contributions from businesses, organizations, and private donors as well as contributions from the state. Gainesville City School System currently has fourteen scholars in the program.
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