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Governor Deal created REACH (Realizing Educational Achievement Can Happen) which is a needs-based mentorship and scholarship program designed to encourage students to persist in their educational pursuits. Part of the state’s Complete College Georgia initiative, REACH school systems identify low-income rising eighth grade students who display academic promise and provide them with the academic, social and financial support they will need to graduate from high school, attend and complete college and achieve success in the workforce.

REACH Scholars sign a contract agreeing to maintain good grades, uphold good behavior and attendance, meet with their assigned mentor at least twice a month, their academic coach once a month, and attend REACH activities throughout each school year until their completion of high school. Their parents or guardians also sign a contract to support their Scholar’s educational pursuits. REACH Scholars who complete program requirements receive up to a $10,000 scholarship ($2,500/year) for up to four years to be used towards the educational costs at a University System of Georgia, Technical College System of Georgia, or eligible private post-secondary institution.

REACH is Georgia’s first public-private needs-based scholarship opportunity. It is locally owned and operated allowing community members to have a stake in student success. Participating school systems are responsible for designating a mentor and academic coach for each of their system’s scholars. These designees support the REACH Scholars and ensure that they are upholding the commitments they made in their signed contract. The school system is also responsible for gaining community supporters who are willing to academically assist the student as well as financially help support the overall program.

For more information visit: reachga.org.

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On October 23, 2018 at 4:30 p.m., each of the students will sign commitments to continue their educational path towards higher education, upholding good grades, good behavior, among other commitments. At certain colleges in the University System of Georgia, Technical College system of Georgia or eligible private post-secondary institution, the scholarship award could be worth up to $30,000 in college aid. The signing ceremony will be held in the board room at the Columbia County Board of Education office located at 4781 Hereford Farm Road, Evans, Ga. 30809. The REACH Scholar’s parents will also sign commitments to support their child’s educational endeavors.

The scholarship awards, in partnership with the Governor’s Office of Student Achivement (GOSA), are a first for students in the Columbia County School District. Several district administrators lead the charge to surprise each student at their school last month. Associate Superintendent Dr. Jeff Carney, Student Learning Directors Dr. Brian Campbell and Merrell Garner, paid a visit to each student to announce the winners. In front of peers, teachers and staff, in lunch rooms, classrooms, and even computer labs, the students were surprised with a sign, balloons and even a surprise visit from parents.

Columbia Middle School REACH Scholarship winner Kioko Mitchell!

Grovetown Middle School REACH Scholarship winner Jessalyn Hall!

Evans Middle School REACH Scholarship winner

Nancy Zuniga-Martinez

Lakeside Middle School REACH Scholarship winner Amber Avery!

Harlem Middle School REACH Scholarship winner Ayanna Youngblood!

Greenbrier Middle School REACH Scholarship winner A'mya Wiggleton!

Stallings Island Middle School REACH Scholarship winner Alexandra Pena-Gomez!

Riverside Middle School REACH Scholarship winner Derek Counsel!

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Martinez Elementary catches Flipgrid fever!

Martinez Elementary School Principal Wade White participated in a grid with 3rd graders who have been doing with their yearlong STEM focus of turning trash to treasure. Students have been collecting items from the lunchroom, bringing in items from home, and discussing items to be used in the composting process. Using Flipgrid, a website, where teachers can post questions or topics that students respond to through recorded videos. It is a great tool for feedback and self-reflection. Here you can see the latest message Mr White sent his students!

Transforming student learning

Shout out to Ms. Kwon at Grovetown Middle School for transforming student learning with technology! She and her eighth graders participated in a YouTube Live debate regarding the voting age. Students in the classroom were able to comment on the debate in real time using the Chat feature. The link was also shared with others in the district so they could participate in the chat.

This gave the debate more meaning for the students as they could see others participating. Ms. Gray, Instructional Specialist for Grovetown Middle School, worked hard to help prepare the technology. This lesson focuses on letting students do something they’ve not been able to do without technology. They can connect outside of the four walls, and it transforms learning. Students know others are watching and commenting so it makes it engaging and purposeful.