River View High School in Finley did an amazing job in celebrating National GEAR UP Week! National GEAR UP Week was celebrated from September 22-26. There were so many activities organized that ranged from a scavenger hunt to a carnival. The entire week was a complete success and many students were very impressed. Students had a great time participating in the week’s festivities and they surely let GEAR UP aware of their gratitude.
The week started off with a scavenger hunt of 32 college logos. Students had to go around the school and find at least 15 hidden college logos then write the name and number that was on the logo. Each student was provided with a worksheet where they were instructed to write their findings. As the students finished their worksheets, GEAR UP entered the students into a raffle and a winner was chosen for a prize. This activity really got the students excited for the rest of the week and what it had to offer.
On Tuesday of National GEAR UP Week, GEAR UP organized a dream wall poster that students were encouraged to sign. The poster was a long piece of butcher paper, which was decorated by Ms. Garza, where students had the opportunity to write down their dreams. Students had the chance to express their life goals and future plans with GEAR UP Staff.
On Wednesday, GEAR UP did an amazing job of organizing a Carnival! This carnival consisted of lots of hard work and dedication that the GEAR UP Staff provided. The carnival really did have a great turn out, many students chose to stay and have some fun. Walking around and seeing all the students laugh and compete against their classmates was very exciting. There were all sorts of games that included the traditional ring toss but also a new one called, TEAR It Up. Students along with all the staff really had a great time.
Thursday consisted of a table set out at lunch where students were able to grab a college themed coloring page, sit down and color. This activity was interactive for the students because many sat down with the GEAR UP Staff to color and just converse during lunch. Additionally students were given a 20- space bingo sheet to play teacher bingo.
Finally, on Friday we ended the week with a nice surprise for the students here at River View High School. GEAR UP decorated five tables with college give-a-ways such as lanyards, backpacks, and USBs. The five tables were decorated with Washington State University, University of Washington, Oregon State, University of Oregon, and Boise State themed decorations along with the incentives that were laid out for the students. Students were very excited to come to lunch and find gifts waiting for them.
National GEAR UP Week could not have been as successful as it was without the help from GEAR UP Staff, River View High School Staff, and parent volunteers. Also, thank you to all the donors that allowed GEAR UP to give prizes with each activity: Purple Peaches, Super Mex, Denny’s, Dutch Bros, and Carmike Cinema. Everyone had a great time joining in on all the fun activities.