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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.
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***
Lisa M. Repa
GEAR UP/KCP College Day Coordinator
906-635-2350 work phone
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.
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.
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!
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!
Refrigerated biscuit, Grands size
Bottled pizza sauce
Mozzarella cheese, shredded
Pizza toppings, your choice
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!
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.
2 ½ T
Brown Sugar (for topping)
Cinnamon (for Topping)
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 🙂.
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!
Shredded cheddar cheese
Salt and pepper to taste
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.
Blueberries (fresh, frozen, or dried – doesn’t matter)
1. Place all ingredients in coffee mug EXCEPT blueberries and mix well.
2. Add blueberries.
3. Microwave for 1 minute, 30 seconds.
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!
Cooked Chicken, Shredded
Peas and Carrots, Frozen or Canned
1 ½ tsp
Salt and Pepper
Canned Biscuit, for the Topping
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.
Lisa is teaching us how to make chicken pot pie in a mug!! Yummy.
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.
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