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Welcome Letter from the GEAR UP Coordinator

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself.  My name is Lisa Repa and I am currently the GEARUP/KCP College Day Coordinator at Lake Superior State University.  I am trying to re-implement the program back to its original standing, while ensuring that any student that is eligible for the program(s) is allowed to participate and benefit from them.

I have met with faculty and counselors from both local middle and high schools, as well as other surrounding area schools to go over planned activities as well as to start planning other programs/camps, to help students plan for a post-secondary educational path.  The MI GEAR UP program is a solid opportunity for students to get the help they need in an educational capacity, as well as having the opportunities to earn scholarships to put towards their college education.

INITIATIVES:

Martin Luther King, Jr.-Cesar Chavez-Rosa Parks (KCP) Initiative College Days:

The KCP/College Days Initiative encompasses several programs, but this is the main initiative we will be looking at going forward per budget/expense capita:

College Day students in grades 8-11 visit campus- learning about different educational departments on campus, various degrees offered (associates and bachelors), receive information about universities state-wide that offer certificate level programs or trades information for local employment.

GEAR UP Program (Gaining Early Awareness for Undergraduate Programs):

This discretionary grant program is designed to increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education.

I would like to ensure that each child will have the opportunity to decide for him or herself what route would best suit them or interest them for post-secondary education.  Whether it be trades, an associates or a bachelor degree program or certificate; the end goal is to make the student feel like he/she is capable of doing things for themselves in higher education and trying to pull themselves up and out of poverty and/or low-income status and stigmas.

Students will be encouraged to attend campus events and tours, to see what is offered and to peak interest in certain areas of studies.  Students will also be encouraged to participate in volunteer programs throughout the community as a way of giving back to others in need and learn key ethical and moral values, while also focusing on important life skills.  We want students to feel like their dreams and goals are not out of reach and that they too can make a difference not only in the community but in their own lives as well.  I look forward to getting to know the students, and re-introduce or introduce them to the programs that have been around and implemented for years.  With the success of the program, the outpouring support from the schools and community, we can only go up from here.  Their future awaits!

***Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have had to shift some things around, while canceling others.  At this time, the STEM camp has also been cancelled due to COVID-19.  We have also had to move our Kids Against Hunger meal packaging volunteer program to September 27, 2020***

Sincerely,

Lisa M. Repa

GEAR UP/KCP College Day Coordinator

906-635-2350 work phone

email

Online Resources

Online Tutoring: (all grade levels)

A free website that allows students in all grade levels to get help with tutoring if they need it during their online coursework.  It has everything from algebra to AP courses.  Please see the attached website for students if they wish to sign up for a FREE account.

https://www.khanacademy.org/

Financial Literacy: (grades 8-12)

I just wanted to share with you a very informative and helpful (in my opinion), website on engaging students 8-12 grades in financial literacy.  Since the COVID-19 pandemic kind of put a damper on activities and workshops that I was planning, I figured that this might be a helpful tool to pass along, or use in some online teachings?  I have found it useful, especially when trying to teach my 8th grader about how money just doesn’t grow on trees, and why I and his father stick to a tight budget and why financial planning for his future is important.

http://www.nea.org/tools/lessons/resources-for-teaching-financial-literacy.html#content

11th and 12th Grade Online Adulting Classes:

Looking for something for your older teenager to do while staying home and staying safe?  How about taking free online classes through MSU.  Starting Thursday, MSU Extension are offering “Adulting 101” courses for 11th and 12th graders.  Classes include information on budget and credit, rent, and even cooking and household tasks.  All classes are free and done through zoom!

You can find out how to sign up by, https://msu.zoom.us/i/257448955 or contact Michelle Neff by emailing or by calling 989-429-2359.

https://www.wilx.com/content/news/MSU-Extension-offers-free-online-Adulting-101-for-11th-and-12th-graders-569397331.html?fbclid=IwAR2Gl8ZqOblA4UQxbSZUw0txEL4x4NGpeKK63_wxZoXHtwnB6z5cFI5sOiI

Breathing Exercises To Help Eliminate Stress/Anxiety: (all grade levels)

Cooking Videos and Recipe Cards

Pizza in a Mug

Pizza in a Mug!

This is how easy it is to make pizza in a mug!  Just 2 minutes in your microwave and you can have a little personal pizza that’s oh so cheesy and filled with your favorite toppings!  A great snack that is easy to make any time!

Ingredients:

1 Refrigerated biscuit, Grands size
2 T Bottled pizza sauce
3 T Mozzarella cheese, shredded
Pizza toppings, your choice

Directions:

1.      Spray the inside of your coffee mug with non-stick cooking spray.

2.      Place the biscuit in the bottom of the mug, and microwave for 30 seconds.

3.      Spoon the pizza sauce on top of the biscuit. Add the cheese, and last the pizza toppings.  Microwave for 1 minute.

4.      Enjoy your pizza in a mug!

Lisa is here to teach you how to cook Pizza in a Mug from your microwave! Comment your favorite pizza topping!🍕 Recipe card will be posted in the comments!

Posted by LSSU Campus Life and Housing on Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Omelet in a Mug

Omelet in a Mug!

Need a quick and easy breakfast recipe? Try a microwave omelet! It’s packed full of protein to get you through your day, and it’s ready in about 90 seconds!

Ingredients:

2 Large Eggs
1 T Milk, can be omitted – just won’t be as fluffy
1 T Shredded cheese, your choice
2 T Veggies of your choice
Salt and Pepper, to taste

Directions:

1.      Spray the inside of the coffee mug with non-stick cooking spray.  Crack the eggs into the mug, (add milk here if using) and beat with a fork.

2.      Add the cheese, veggies and salt and pepper; stir to combine ingredients.

3.      Microwave for 30 seconds.  Mix the egg mixture with a fork, and microwave for another 60-90 seconds. Enjoy!

Hey Lakers Lisa is here with another Meal in a Mug! Today she is making an omelet! All you need is a mug, 2 eggs, 1 tbs…

Posted by LSSU Campus Life and Housing on Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Cake in a Mug

Cake in a Mug!

Looking for a sweet treat to end your day?  Try a cake in a mug! With 3 simple ingredients that can be stored in an air-tight container, ready for whenever you need a quick treat!

Ingredients:

1 Box Angel Food Cake Mix
1 Box Cake Mix (any flavor you want)
2 T Water

Directions:

  1. Mix your two cake mixes in a large bowl; (this is now when you can store in an air tight container).
  2. Add 1/3 cup of the cake mix to your coffee mug. Add 2 tablespoons of water, and mix well.
  3. Microwave for 1 minute.

Enjoy!

Hey Lakers, this week Lisa is sharing her Cake in a Mug recipe for you! We hope you enjoy! 😋⚓️💛💙

Posted by LSSU Campus Life and Housing on Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Coffee Cake in a Mug

Coffee Cake in a Mug!

This Mug Coffee Cake recipe is a single serving of coffee cake for when you are craving a sweet breakfast! It stirs together quickly and cooks in 45 seconds and is the perfect small batch recipe for when you want a sweet treat.

Ingredients:

1 T Sugar
2 ½ T Flour
1/8 tsp Salt
1/4 tsp Baking Powder
1 T Vegetable Oil
1 T Milk
Dash Vanilla Extract
1/2 T Brown Sugar (for topping)
1/4 tsp Cinnamon (for Topping)

Directions:

1.    Spray mug w/ cooking spray.  Mix together sugar, flour, salt, baking powder, oil, milk, and vanilla.  Stir until combined.

2.    Sprinkle brown sugar and cinnamon on top.

3.    Microwave for 1 minute to a 1 minute 30 seconds (depending on microwave.

4.    Enjoy warm!

Hey Lakers Lisa is back this week with a super easy coffee cake recipe for you! Enjoy 🙂.

Posted by LSSU Campus Life and Housing on Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Macaroni and Cheese in a Mug

Macaroni and Cheese in a Mug!

Looking for some yummy goodness? This macaroni and cheese in a mug us quick to whip up and calls for just a few ingredients, making this mug recipe a fan favorite!

Ingredients:

1/3 cup Pasta
¾ cup Cold water
4 T Milk
¼ tsp Cornstarch
4 T Shredded cheddar cheese
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

1.      In a large coffee mug, add the macaroni and water.  Microwave for 3 ½ – 4 minutes, until pasta is cooked.

2.      Drain off the remaining water.  Add in the milk, cornstarch, salt and pepper and shredded cheese.

3.      Microwave for 60 seconds to make the sauce.

4.      Mix, and enjoy!

Blueberry Muffin in a Mug

Blueberry Muffin in a Mug!

Love blueberry muffins, but don’t feel like making a huge batch of them?  Then this blueberry muffin in a mug is for you!  With simple and easy ingredients, you’ll have a breakfast treat in a matter of minutes.

Ingredients:

4 T Flour
2 T Sugar
1/8 tsp Baking powder
Pinch Baking soda
3 T Milk
1 T Vegetable Oil
2 T Blueberries (fresh, frozen, or dried – doesn’t matter)

Directions:

1.      Place all ingredients in coffee mug EXCEPT blueberries and mix well.

2.      Add blueberries.

3.      Microwave for 1 minute, 30 seconds.

4.      Enjoy!

Chicken Pot Pie in a Mug

Chicken Pot Pie in a Mug!

Looking for a hearty meal in a mug?  Look no further!  This comfort food in a mug is sure to hit the spot!

Ingredients:

3 T Cooked Chicken, Shredded
2 T Peas and Carrots, Frozen or Canned
1 ½ tsp Cornstarch
3 T Chicken Broth
1 T Milk
1/4 tsp Salt and Pepper
1 Canned Biscuit, for the Topping

Directions:

1.    In a large microwavable safe mug, add in the chicken, vegetables, cornstarch and salt and pepper.  Stir well together to mix in the cornstarch.  The cornstarch is used for thickening the sauce.

2.    Pour in the broth and milk, and stir well to make sure everything is combined.

3.    Place the biscuit on top of the mug and gently push down on top of the chicken mixture.

4.    Cook on HIGH for 2 – 2 ½ minutes, or until the biscuit is cooked and the sauce is hot and bubbly.

5.    Enjoy!

Lisa is teaching us how to make chicken pot pie in a mug!! Yummy.

Posted by LSSU Campus Life and Housing on Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Jelly Doughnut in a Mug

Jelly Doughnut in a Mug!

Can’t make it to the store to get a sweet treat? Looking for a quick and easy dessert after dinner?  Then do I have a surprise for you!  This jelly doughnut is easy to make a big hit!

Ingredients:

2 T Butter
4 T Flour
1 Egg Yolk
2 T Sugar
1 T Milk
1/2  tsp Baking Powder
1/4 tsp Ground Cinnamon
1 T Strawberry Jam, or whatever you prefer
Garnish Cinnamon and Sugar, mixed together

Directions:

1.    Place the butter in a microwave safe mug, and cook for 15-20 seconds, or until the butter is melted.

2.    Add all of the ingredients, EXCEPT for the jelly, and garnish topping.  Mix until it forms a batter.  Now add the jelly in the middle of the batter.

3.    Microwave for 45 seconds to 1 minute, or until firm on top.  Make sure to watch the cooking process to make sure it doesn’t spill over the mug.

4.    Sprinkle with the garnish topping, and enjoy!

S’Mores Dip in a Mug!

Love s’mores but can’t have a campfire?  Then this is a simple sweet treat for you to make indoors!

Ingredients:

1/2 cup Graham Cracker Crumbs
1 T Butter, melted
2 T Semi-sweet Chocolate Chips
2 T Mini Marshmallows
1/8 tsp Ground Cinnamon
6 Strawberries, for dipping

Directions:

1.    Spray a microwave safe mug with cooking spray.  Add the butter and cook in the microwave for 15-20 seconds until melted.

2.    Add the graham cracker crumbs, and mix together, pushing down into the bottom of the cup to form a crust.  Add the chocolate chips and marshmallows.

3.    Cook on HIGH for 1 minute, or until melted.

Breakfast Burrito in a Mug

Breakfast Burrito in a Mug!

What is not to love about burritos?  Why not make them for breakfast?! Enjoy this recipe for a cheesy, egg filled, burrito that is sure to keep you fueled all morning long!

Ingredients:

(1)-9 inch Flour Tortilla
2 Eggs
2 T Black Beans/Pinto Beans
2 T Shredded Cheddar Cheese
2 T Sliced Green Onions
1/4 tsp Salt and Pepper

Directions:

1.    In a large microwave safe mug, press the flour tortilla down in to the mug. It will naturally fold and shape into the mug.

2.    Crack the eggs and whisk with a fork, careful not to tear the tortilla.

3.    Add in the cheese, green onions, salt and pepper.

4.    Cook on HIGH for 1 minute 30 seconds.  Check the eggs; if still liquid, heat in 30 second intervals until set.

5.    Let cool for 2 minutes.  Top with sour cream and salsa.  Enjoy!

Baked Oatmeal in a Mug!

This baked oatmeal in a mug is a great start to your morning, or perfect for a healthy snack!  Packed with oats, honey, and fresh fruit, it is sure to please some of the pickiest eaters!

Ingredients:

1/2 Banana
1/3 cup Milk
2 tsp Honey
1 Egg
1/2 cup Quick Cooking Oats
1/4 tsp Ground Cinnamon
1 T Fresh Raspberries, Blueberries or Blackberries

Directions:

1.    In a microwave safe mug, mash the banana with a fork.

2.    Add the milk, honey, and egg.  Mix well to combine.

3.    Add the oats and cinnamon, stirring to combine.

4.    Gently mix in the berries of your choice.

5.    Cook on HIGH for 2 ½ – 3 minutes or until cooked.  Enjoy!

Fiesta Dip in a Mug

Fiesta Dip in a Mug!

Hassle free chili cheese dip in mug is what this recipe is all about!  2 simple ingredients creates this dip for yummy goodness!  Serve with tortilla chips or corn chips.

Ingredients:

1 Block Cream cheese or container
1 can Chili, without beans

Directions:

1.    In a microwave safe mug, combine 2 tablespoons of the cream cheese, and 2 tablespoons of the chili.

2.    Cover with a napkin or paper towel, and cook on HIGH for 1 minute and 30 seconds.  Stir.

3.    Repeat process until the cheese is melted and ingredients are heated through.

4.    Serve with corn chips or tortilla chips. Enjoy!

Enchilada Dip in a Mug!

Want a hassle free dip that is easy to make and share with friends?  This enchilada dip is super tasty, and is great to make for Taco Tuesdays!

Ingredients:

1 Block Cream Cheese, or Container
1 can Refried Beans
1 can Red Enchilada Sauce
1 bag Shredded Cheddar

Directions:

1.    Spray a microwave safe mug with cooking spray.

2.    Layer ingredients – 2 tablespoons of beans, 2 tablespoons of cream cheese, 2 tablespoons of enchilada sauce, and top with 2 tablespoons of cheddar cheese.

3.    Cover with a napkin or paper towel, and microwave on HIGH for 1 minute and 30 seconds until both cheeses are melted, and other ingredients are heated through.

4.    Serve with corn chips.  Enjoy!

Lisa is back with another meal in a mug recipe for you to try! Enjoy!💛⚓️💙

Posted by LSSU Campus Life and Housing on Monday, June 15, 2020

Jelly Doughnut in a Mug

Jelly Doughnut in a Mug!

Can’t make it to the store to get a sweet treat? Looking for a quick and easy dessert after dinner?  Then do I have a surprise for you!  This jelly doughnut is easy to make a big hit!

Ingredients:

2 T Butter
4 T Flour
1 Egg Yolk
2 T Sugar
1 T Milk
1/2  tsp Baking Powder
1/4 tsp Ground Cinnamon
1 T Strawberry Jam, or whatever you prefer
Garnish Cinnamon and Sugar, mixed together

Directions:

1.    Place the butter in a microwave safe mug, and cook for 15-20 seconds, or until the butter is melted.

2.    Add all of the ingredients, EXCEPT for the jelly, and garnish topping.  Mix until it forms a batter.  Now add the jelly in the middle of the batter.

3.    Microwave for 45 seconds to 1 minute, or until firm on top.  Make sure to watch the cooking process to make sure it doesn’t spill over the mug.

4.    Sprinkle with the garnish topping, and enjoy!

Lisa is back with a very yummy recipe for you to try at home. Enjoy!💛⚓️💙

Posted by LSSU Campus Life and Housing on Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Enchilada Dip in a Mug

Enchilada Dip in a Mug!

Want a hassle free dip that is easy to make and share with friends?  This enchilada dip is super tasty, and is great to make for Taco Tuesdays!

Ingredients:

1 Block Cream Cheese, or Container
1 can Refried Beans
1 can Red Enchilada Sauce
1 bag Shredded Cheddar

Directions:

1.    Spray a microwave safe mug with cooking spray.

2.    Layer ingredients – 2 tablespoons of beans, 2 tablespoons of cream cheese, 2 tablespoons of enchilada sauce, and top with 2 tablespoons of cheddar cheese.

3.    Cover with a napkin or paper towel, and microwave on HIGH for 1 minute and 30 seconds until both cheeses are melted, and other ingredients are heated through.

4.    Serve with corn chips.  Enjoy!

Enchilada Dip in a Mug!

Hey Lakers, Lisa is back with another yummy recipe for you to try at home! Enjoy!😋💛⚓️💙

Posted by LSSU Campus Life and Housing on Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Financial Literacy

LSSU GEAR UP/KCP College Day and teamed up with a financial coach that was able to do a virtual video on basic budgeting. Her name is Amber Pietrangelo, and she is a financial coach who owns her own business. Below you will find the link for the video, as well as the handout being attached. This is for 8th graders only, per it is recognizing the very beginning of savings, and trying to create good money habits to carry over in the future.

LSSU GEAR UP/KCP College Day and teamed up with a financial coach that was able to do a virtual video on basic budgeting. Her name is Amber Pietrangelo, and she is a financial coach who owns her own business. Below you will find the link for the video, as well as the handout being attached. This video is geared for 9-12 graders only.

LSSU GEAR UP/KCP College Day and teamed up with a financial coach that was able to do a virtual video on basic budgeting. Her name is Amber Pietrangelo, and she is a financial coach who owns her own business. Below you will find the link for the video, as well as the handout being attached. This video is geared for 11-12 graders only.