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October 8, 2007 :: GEAR UP to Award $100,000 Subgrant to Lawton Public Schools

Media Contact: Amy Bruce
Office: 1.405.225.9281

WHAT: News conference with photo, video and news opportunity as higher education officials announce the award of a $100,000 GEAR UP subgrant to Lawton Public Schools to help strengthen college access opportunities in Lawton. Specifically, Central, MacArthur and Tomlinson middle schools and Eisenhower Junior High School will each receive $25,000.

WHEN: 10 to 10:30 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 11, 2007

WHERE: Central Middle School Library, 1201 N.W. Fort Sill Blvd., Lawton

WHO: Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, Lawton superintendent of schools, Cameron University president, representatives from Fort Sill, Lawton students

WHY: To announce the subgrant award and to explain the benefits the funding will bring to Lawton students and the community.

VISUALS: Check presentation; Sgt. 1st Class Sue Jackson, a soldier-mentor from Fort Sill; Rhonda Williams, a mentor with G&G TLC Youth Programs; administrators from all four participating schools, Sarah Stroud with Cameron University’s Open Doors program; and two students from each school benefiting from the subgrant, all of whom will be available for interviews and for B-roll after the press conference.  

SPEAKERS: State Regents Chairman Bill W. Burgess Jr.; Chancellor Glen D. Johnson; Lawton Public Schools Superintendent Barry Beauchamp; Cameron University President Cindy Ross; Merlinda Tate, Fort Sill; Brooke Ellis, Lawton Public Schools student.

BACKGROUND: GEAR UP, a federally funded program administered by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, is designed to better prepare middle and high school students for college through academic preparation programs and scholarships for students, professional development activities for educators and college access information for students and parents.