GEAR UP welcomes author to Magoffin

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Author and motivational speaker Grant Baldwin, author of “Reality Check,” visited Magoffin last month, meeting with Magoffin County High School and Herald Whitaker Middle School students.

Magoffin County Gear-Up Facilitator Mrs. Mary Gibson and her students at the middle school have been reading the book, and Mrs. Kate Fletcher helped to introduce the book to her freshman and sophomore classes. Impacting the students most were the anecdotes of the obstacles Baldwin overcame as a child. Having read the book, the students were eager to meet Baldwin and he captivated the crowd the moment he started speaking.

The Gear Up program (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate programs). This program encourages students to study hard and set high expectations. Gear Up funds are used to purchase Math/Science supplies, college trips, and activities to motivate students.

NEW TO THE GEAR UP PROGRAM? Every Tuesday Gear Up Coordinator Mary Gibson, Parent Liaison Debbie Swiney, Jerry Swiney, Jenna Johnson, and the Rainbow Girls will be working on improving math skills. “We want to master the skills we are unsure of, build confidence, and become distinguished in the skills we already know.”

The high school teachers and administrators are excited to get their new Smart Boards for Math/Science Classrooms.