April 2022 GEAR UP Newsletter

April 2022 GEAR UP Newsletter
Posted on 04/05/2022


Download a printable PDF version of the April 2022 GEAR UP Newsletter here.

students at EWU track(Right) GEAR UP took a field trip to EWU on March 25th. The students were able to learn about the admission process, financial aid, received a tour of the campus and visit the football field.

(Below) Students were able to participate in a Post-Secondary Career Day and learn more about different career paths they can take. We thank all the volunteers from the community that made it possible. Thank you for inspiring our students!presenter talking to students in classroom


  • GEAR UP is taking cohort students to WSU in Pullman on April 14th if your student wants to attend have them pick up an application from the GEAR UP Office.
  • Parent Financial Literacy Night at the High School hosted by GEAR UP & Community In Schools on April 20th 6:00pm-7:30pm. Free food for all that attend! It's opened for all grade levels. Hope to see you there!


6 Tips for Parents Looking to Improve Financial Literacy in Kids:
  1. Discuss what money is and how spending works.
  2. Set a saving goal with your child for something they have been wanting to buy.
  3. Determine how saving should be stored whether it's a piggy bank or a savings account.
  4. Visit a financial institution with your child.
  5. Give them an opportunity to budget their cash.
  6. Pass on your values.


Students who succeed in school aren’t just good at memorizing facts or reading quickly. Research shows that “non-cognitive skills” or “soft skills” things like perseverance (determination) and self-regulation (self-control) might be just as important in helping students in the classroom and in the real world.

These skills include:
  • Resilience: The ability to recover from setbacks and cope well with stress.
  • Grit: Perseverance and passion for challenging long-term goals.
  • Conscientiousness: A tendency to be organized, self-controlled, hardworking, responsible, and willing to delay gratification.
  • Creativity: Curiosity, open-mindedness, and the ability to come up with new ideas.
  • Focus: The ability to zero in on one thing at a time, tune out distractions, and avoid multitasking.
  • Self-regulation: An awareness of what matters and the self-control to avoid temptations and see a task through.

These traits are especially important when a student goes to college and then enters a career. Time management and attendance are essential. Good communication skills are crucial to deal with difficult roommates or to ask for help. You can help your teen develop these traits by setting goals, sharing expectations and encouraging persistence.


  • Learn more about the soft skills and growth mindset and how you can help.
  • Help your child set goals for academic and personal interests.
  • Provide challenge and support. Push your child to do his or her best but make sure you offer encouragement and help as needed.


Myth: Living in a dorm is part of the "college experience," and it is a rite of passage.

Reality: Many students forgo the on-campus college experience for a variety of reasons, whether it's cost, family-related, or a personal decision. Many students actually commute to college and still receive the same benefits as students who live on campus.


Don't be afraid. Be focused. Be determined. Be hopeful. Be empowered.
-Michelle Obama