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It's a great day to be a Lufkin Panther!
National Gear Up Week – September 22nd – 26th
 
Lufkin, TX -- Join the thousands of students, parents, teachers and professionals from across the nation to celebrate National GEAR UP Week, next week Monday, September 22 through Friday, September 26thNational GEAR UP Week is an opportunity raise awareness about the positive impact GEAR UP is having locally. 

Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) is a competitive grant program of the U.S. Department of Education that increases the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education by providing States and local community-education partnerships six-to-seven year grants to offer support services to high-poverty, middle and high schools.

The program serves at least one grade level of students, beginning no later than the 7th grade, following them through high school graduation and their first year in college.  The Lufkin GEAR UP students are now in 10th grade.  GEAR UP provides critical early college awareness and support activities like tutoring, mentoring, academic preparation, financial education and college scholarships to improve access to higher education for low income, minority and disadvantaged first-generation students and their families.  GEAR UP funds are also used to provide college scholarships to low-income students.

 
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