GEAR UP Crooksville is a federally funded grant program administered at Crooksville by the Muskingum County Community Foundation.
GEAR UP is a nationwide competitive grant program that works to increase the number of students who are prepared for and are successful in postsecondary education.
GEAR UP serves students from middle school through postsecondary by working to achieve the four following goals:
- Improve academic performance;
- Assist with preparation for postsecondary education;
- Increase rates of high school graduation and enrollment in postsecondary education; and
- Increase students' and their families' knowledge of postsecondary options, preparation financing.
Crooksville has a GEAR UP Room located in the High School building that students can visit in their free time to ask questions or get help with school work or anything college related.
Students can get help with ACT prep and registration, college applications, financial aid, scholarships and course work.
GEAR UP also takes students to visit college campuses to hear from admissions reps and get campus tours.
Opportunities for Educators
GEAR UP is always looking for tutors for our After School Program at Crooksville Intermediate School. Tutors must have a high school diploma, but are not required to be teachers by profession-they can be college students, working adults, retired individuals, or anyone in between. Tutors are needed Monday through Thursday from 2:15pm – 4:00pm for the program, which teaches computer skills, leadership skills, facilitates team-building activities, provides homework support, supplies OAT (Ohio Achievement Test) preparation, and facilitates different student clubs. Tutors are also needed for GEAR Up's Summer Enrichment program in which middle school students take trips one day a week for education and personal enrichment.
• After School
GEAR UP is always looking for teachers who are interested in working with the After School Program at Crooksville Intermediate School. The After School Program runs Monday through Thursday after school until 4:00 pm. Teachers can help with OAT (Ohio Achievement Test) preparation or with clubs. The clubs currently offered are academic club, fitness club, art club, and scrapbooking club. If any teachers have an idea of a club they would like to see started at Crooksville or have any other ideas of activities that might be beneficial to Crooksville students, please contact GEAR UP! We are open to any suggestions!
• Educational Trips
GEAR UP has resources available to help fund educational trips at GEAR UP schools (Crooksville Intermediate School and Crooksville High School). Trips can be to businesses or to colleges and can also be taken to other educational places that align with your classroom curriculum and with our GEAR UP goals and objectives. Trips can take place during the school day, after school, or a combination of the two. Educators are also often needed to help chaperone trips planned by their peers, so keep please keep abreast of events happening in the case that you would be interested in chaperoning a trip. GEAR UP also takes students on educational field trips one day a week during the summer for each the middle school and high school. If you are interested in chaperoning these trips, please contact your GEAR UP Advisor.
To request funding for a trip, fill out all sections of the GEAR UP request form.
For more information on GEAR UP contact Rebecca Symons, GEAR UP Advisor, at 740-453-5192 ext. 109 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.