Program preps students for college, bright future

info@islandpacket.comJanuary 24, 2014 

Greek philosopher Aristotle said, "Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all." At Battery Creek High School, we educate the minds, but we begin with the hearts of our students.

As the GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) graduation coach at Battery Creek High School, it is my duty to help the Class of 2017 meet the SC GEAR UP goals set in conjunction with the S.C. Commission on Higher Education. GEAR UP is a federally-funded program, designed to increase the rate of low-income students who graduate from high school on time with the preparation necessary to succeed in a post-secondary education program.

After reviewing first quarter grades, I am pleased to announce that our students are demonstrating their true potential. With 80.5 percent of our 9th graders passing Algebra 1 and 91 percent passing English 1, we have exceeded the goals set by the state's GEAR UP program for Year 1 of high school.

In order to exceed each goal, I plan to model and emulate the leadership skills and unwavering faith portrayed by our superintendent, Jeffrey Moss, and principal Edmond Burnes.

Each day, my students touch my heart with every visit, every smile, and every minute of their time. I strive to give back by educating their hearts, making them believe and not ever allowing them to give up. With the wonderful support of the BCHS staff, accomplishing my dreams is imminent.

Carizma Thomas


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