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PETERSBURG – Peabody Middle School (PMS) is about to kick off its “GEAR UP” College Preparation program. As part of the program, nearly 300 seventh-graders at Peabody Middle will receive additional help preparing for post-secondary education thanks to a $22 million federal grant that will be split among 16 Virginia school divisions.

Under the Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP), Peabody Middle students in this year’s seventh-grade class (the class of 2020) will have the opportunity to participate in the program now through their first year of college or postsecondary study.

GEAR UP will offer students the chance to participate in summer bridge programs, free college tours, academic workshops, tutoring, leadership development classes, career development activities, mentoring, financial aid workshops and college preparation summer academies.

To kick off the program, Peabody Middle will host a “Welcome to GEAR UP” event at 6 p.m. today at the school, located at 725 Wesley St. During the event, students and their families will be introduced to the GEAR UP program and learn about upcoming events.

Students, parents and family members are encouraged to attend to learn more about GEAR UP and college planning.

The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) will administer the grant over the next seven years.

Source: Progress Index