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Jordan-Matthews and Silk Hope recognized in GEAR UP contest

Posted Saturday, April 8, 2006

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Chatham County, NC - The College Fund of North Carolina (CFNC) sponsored a statewide Call CFNC Week for its CFNC had a statewide Call CFNC Week for its GEAR UP I cohorts. Over fifteen schools participated in the contest. Chatham County won both the middle and high school contests. Silk Hope won the middle school contest and Jordan-Matthews won the high school contest. Both schools will have pizza parties for the participants.

GEAR UP NC is a statewide partnership whose purpose is to significantly increase the number of students who are prepared to enter and succeed in post-secondary education. Chatham County has had a program for several years. It is coordinated by Jay Palmer.

“Jay Palmer did an extraordinary job of getting the word out and getting the calls to come in,” said Shelley Crisp, Associate Director of the CFNC Resource Center.

Below are the results from Crisp of the GEAR UP Bookmark Call Campaign to invite eighth and eleventh grade students in some GEAR UP cohort I schools to call in and talk about books, college, and (CFNC).
The results of the GEAR UP Bookmark Campaign are in and demonstrate that students in the eighth and eleventh grades enjoy old literary favorites like Old Yeller as well as new ones like A Series of Unfortunate Events. The results also indicate these students have lots of questions about college and careers of interest.
Eighth grade callers were mainly interested in learning about different careers. These students wanted to know what they needed to do in order to become successful, and they wanted to start preparing right away. They wanted to know which courses to take in high school to prepare them for their dream careers and what kind of degree they would need. A highlight for one College Information Specialist occurred when she was speaking with an eighth grader who was casually asking some questions about college, but then, as the conversation progressed, the eighth grader became more interested and involved. The student gained so much from the conversation that she ran to put her cousin on the phone so she could also learn more about going to college. It was evident that the eighth grade callers were excited to learn about careers and college.
Eleventh graders expressed an equal amount of enthusiasm, but their questions were concerned with specific programs at specific schools. For example, one student asked about the business program at North Carolina State University. These students asked about entrance exams and other college admissions requirements. While these high school juniors were also interested in various careers, they also wanted to know about the employment opportunities within the state in certain professions.
The goal of this campaign was not only to inform students about college but also to encourage reading by allowing them to recommend books for their peers. When they called, students were asked to talk about books. The list of recommended titles contains some classics, a few new titles, and some surprising selections as well. What are students reading?
8th Grade
A Standard Guide to American Muscle Cars
Among the Enemy by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Blue is for Nightmares by Laurie Faria Stolarz
Carrie by Steven King
Charlottes Web by E. B. White, Garth Williams
Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling (all books in the series)
Hatchet by Gary Polson
Holes by Louis Sachar
Hoot by Carl Hiaasen
King of the Wind by Margaret Henry
Kobe Bryant: Hard to the Hoop by Mark Stewart
A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
Let Him Live, Saving Jessica, Time to Let Go, and
any other book written by Lurlene McDaniel
MoonRise by Erin Hunter
Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
Old Yeller by Fred Gipson
Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
Skellig by David Almond
Speak by Laurie Huff-Anderson
The Prophecy of the Stones by Flavia Bujor
The Tangerine by Edward Bloor
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Tunes for Bears to Dance To by Robert Cormier
Touching Spirit Bear by Ben Mikaelsen
What My Mother Doesn't Know by Sonya Sones

11th Grade

A Child Called “It”: One Child's Courage to Survive by Dave Pelzer
Harry Potter (all books in the series) by J.K. Rowling
Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
The Devil's Highway: A True Story by Luis Alberto Urrea
The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton

The GEAR UP Bookmark Campaign offered a pizza party to the county with the most calls from eighth graders and the county with the most calls from eleventh graders. Chatham County took the prize for both grade levels, so GEAR UP coordinator Jay Palmer can tell his students to look for a pizza party coming their way soon. And Chatham County has much to proud of in its student body. The CFNC RC Call Center staff believe this The GEAR UP Bookmark Campaign made a difference for these students because it helped to encourage school counselors, GEAR UP coordinators, and the CFNC Resource Center to work together to inform these students about how college can take them where they want to go in the future, both for work and college..

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