Camden Students Participate Through Rowan in Statewide Initiative

Camden Students Participate Through Rowan in Statewide Initiative

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WHO: Close to 40 seventh grade students in the CHAMP/GEAR UP program at Rowan University WHAT: will join with students from across the state to kick off the New Jersey
WHO: Close to 40 seventh grade students in the CHAMP/GEAR UP
program at Rowan University

WHAT: will join with students from across the state to kick off the New
Jersey GEAR UP program, an initiative to encourage more young people
to set high expectations, stay in school, study and take the appropriate
courses to prepare for college,

WHEN: on Saturday, May 13, 2000, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

WHERE: in the student center at Mercer County Community College/West
Windsor Campus, 1200 Old Trenton Rd., Trenton.

DETAILS: The students will receive their 21st Century Scholar Certificate
at the event, which will include student presentations and a luncheon.
Participating programs, schools and partners affiliated with Rowan
University include Riletta T. Cream Elementary School, Cooper?s Poynt
Elementary School, Camden High School and Woodrow Wilson High School,
all in Camden.

GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate
Programs) is modeled in part after President Clinton?s High Hopes for
College proposal to establish a national goal that all colleges should
partner with at least one middle school in a low-income community to help
raise expectations and prepare students for college.

CHAMP (Creating Higher Aspirations and Motivation Program) is a program
of Rowan University designed to help students from Camden develop the
skills they will need to be accepted for and succeed in post-secondary
education. Begun as a pre-college academic program out of the
university?s Camden campus in the summer of 1988, CHAMP provides
year-round academic and personal support for an average of 200 youth,
including a summer program in the Pine Barrens.

For more information or to arrange to travel with the students
to the ceremony, call Eric Clark, dean of the Rowan University
Camden Campus, at (856) 756-5411.