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Congratulations RISE graduates!

RISE Class of 2017 graduates more than 100 students!

Congratulations to the graduating RISE students for 2017! Read the excellent article in The Times about the graduates and program. Also, please check out the RISE website!

RISE hit an all-time high for attendance this year at 130 students.  In 2015, slightly less than that number attended. In 2014, 70 students attended, and in 2013 there were 40 students. In 2012, the first year of RISE, there were 19 students.

See the 2015 RISE Video.

RISE's two locations
RISE is divided into two locations: At the community center, Innovation Station, at Melrose Apartments in Gainesville, Ga., which is the original site.
In 2014, the program was expanded to Fair Street Elementary School in Gainesville.

for more information, please visit RISE Summer Program.

For more information, please contact:
Maria Calkins
Resident Services Coordinator
work: 770-536-1294 ext. 22201

RISE (Real Interactive Summer Learning Experience) is an award-winning program created by caring community organizations. Created and led by Brenau University education, business and nursing majors and professors, the 6-week program accepts rising first-through-sixth graders and dovetails into the Gainesville City Schools curriculum to combat summer learning loss that is prevalent in lower-income communities.

RISE Partners
RISE is partnership between Brenau University, the Gainesville Housing Authority, United Way of Hall County, Gainesville City Schools, the Hall County Health Department, Georgia Mountain Food Bank and others. It is funded through federal and local grants, as well as charitable foundational grants.

Field Trips for 2015
include: Elachee Nature Science Center, INK, Bowling, Movies, Frances Meadows Aquatic Center and Skate Country. Our students will also take swim lessons once a week and have a chance to play at the Splash Zone!

To learn more, contact:   mcalkins@gainesvillehousing.org770-536-1294 ext. 22201

The beginnings of RISE

The RISE dream began as question tossed out to a focus group of Brenau University students by William Lightfoot, Dean of the School of Business & Mass Communications at Brenau University. 
HIs question: “What can we do to help local, lower-income kids with education and hunger?
In the minutes that followed the question, a bit of a star was born. RISE was specifically designed to help low-income children lessen summer learning loss through innovative programming with an emphasis on health, nutrition and cultural awareness. 

National Exposure
Being new, RISE experienced a quite first year. The second year has been a little higher profile. RISE is getting national attention. For example, RISE caught the interest of Horizons National in Norwalk, Connecticut, a organization that helms over 30 low-income educational initiatives across the country. Horizons National now offers RISE input on becoming more sustainable and effective. The national exposure also helps increase resource possibilities, as well as honing goals.
“Our longer-term vision is that we eliminate summer learning loss in Gainesville and help lower income children to lead their families out of poverty, “ said Lightfoot.

Read The Times article about RISE (2013)

Learn more about our Community Partners
Brenau University:
Brenau University Department of Business and Mass Communications
Brenau University Department of Education                                                                        
Gainesville City Schools
Hall County Health Department
Georgia Mountain Food Bank
The Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation
Interactive Neighborhood for Kids (INK)
Elechee Nature Science Center
The Quinlan Visual Arts Center

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