September 21, 2012 - Issue: Vol. 158, No. 129 — Daily Edition112th Congress (2011 - 2012) - 2nd Session
CELEBRATING NATIONAL GEAR UP WEEK; Congressional Record Vol. 158, No. 129
(Extensions of Remarks - September 21, 2012)
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[Extensions of Remarks] [Page E1613] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] CELEBRATING NATIONAL GEAR UP WEEK ______ HON. CHAKA FATTAH of pennsylvania in the house of representatives Friday, September 21, 2012 Mr. FATTAH. Mr. Speaker, last week the nation celebrated National GEAR UP Week. Communities across the country committed themselves to a brighter future for their students and families and emphasized the important role college plays in future success. I would like to draw the attention of my colleagues to a few of these celebrations. Governors in Arizona, Hawaii, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Washington, Wisconsin and North Carolina received proclamations from their governors. In Santa Ana and Sacramento, California and Roswell, New Mexico, they received proclamations from their mayors. Our colleagues Mr. Lungren and Ms. Matsui issued proclamations celebrating the GEAR UP work in their Districts. In San Marcos, California they hosted an inaugural GEAR UP partnership reception with their local Chamber of Commerce and presented certificates of recognition to Congressman Hunter and State Senator Mark Wyland. In Waterbury, Connecticut they held a middle school parent evening and were joined by special guest NBA star, Ryan Gomes. Congressman Hanna issued a proclamation and Congressman Reyes presented a letter to the GEAR UP community in Deep South Texas. Congressman Cuellar spoke to students in Laredo, Texas along with Debra Saunders-White from the US Department of Education. Many other GEAR UP partnership and state grantees conducted college scavenger hunts, created Dream Walls, discussed the college experience of school faculty and staff and engaged parents and partners. I'm proud of the hard work of our students, their parents, and GEAR UP program staff and I know I speak for this body when I say congratulations on what you have accomplished so far and best of luck in the school year ahead! ____________________