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January, 2020

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GEAR UP Maine staff

What's Happening at GEAR UP Maine
GEAR UP Maine Alum Receives MEEOA's Rising Star Award
BJ McCollister is the first GEAR UP Maine Alumni to receive the Maine Educational Opportunity Association's Rising Star Award. GEAR UP Maine's Dori Fellman presented him with the award. 

The Rising Star Award honors emerging leaders who strive toward the highest levels of personal and professional accomplishment, who excel in their chosen field, devote time and energy to their community in a meaningful way, and serve as a role model for other economically disadvantaged, first generation college bound students and students with disabilities.
Senator Susan Collins Responds to Letters from Wisdom Middle/High School Students

This was a reply from Senator Collins following cards sent to her in support of the GEAR UP program written by students and staff courtesy. We are very grateful for our GEAR-UP/MELMAC team members and all of the work they do for our school.

-Tammy Lothrop,
Wisdom Middle/High School
Using Empathy to Transform Public Education | Dan Ryder | TEDxDirigo
TedXTalks

Overwhelmed by the number of student crafted trees that just went into the dumpster after his literature unit on the book Speak, Dan Ryder sought new ways to engage his students in rich learning. Fueled by what he found in the #dtk12 community on twitter, Dan’s new approach led to “Of Mice and Tiny Houses,” and ultimately the creation of a new Success & Innovation Center at Mt. Blue High School.
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The GEAR UP Maine program is funded through a grant (reference #P3345050037;
Karmon Simms-Coates, Project Officer) from the U.S. Department of Education to
University of Maine at Farmington administered by Syntiro.


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