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REACH Georgia - Change Lives

The Hart County Charter System is pleased to announce its participation in the REACH Georgia program. REACH, Realizing Educational Achievement Can Happen, is the state’s first needs-based mentorship and college scholarship program. Launched by Governor Nathan Deal in 2012, REACH partners with eligible school systems to identify academically promising middle school students. Five eighth grade students are chosen, by a selection committee of community members, as REACH Scholars.

Once chosen as a REACH Scholar, the student is provided with a mentor and academic coach who will support him/her throughout high school. REACH Scholars sign a contract to maintain a 2.5 grade point average; remain crime, drug, and behavior issue free; and meet with a volunteer mentor and academic coach until they graduate from high school. Students who complete program requirements will receive a scholarship of $10,000 ($2,500 a year for up to four years) towards the educational costs at a University System of Georgia, Technical College System of Georgia, or eligible private postsecondary institution.

2017 REACH Scholars

Pictured are the 2017 REACH Scholars: (L-R) Janasia Gaines, Lindsey Waldvogle, Ken'Asia Johnson, Payton Taylor, and Cade Welborn.  

During the fall of each school year, REACH Georgia welcomes statewide recognition as new scholars are inducted into the program. Governor Deal has designated October 2-6, 2017 as REACH Signing Week. During this weeklong event, the Governor and First Lady; Georgia Student Finance Commission President and Executive team; and the REACH Georgia staff will travel the state to attend as many ceremonies as possible and welcome new students to the program.

Hart County hosted its first REACH Signing Ceremony on Friday, October 6. During the ceremony, State Representative Alan Powell presented Superintendent Jay Floyd with a special Commendation from Governor Nathan Deal. Following the ceremony, a small reception, sponsored by the Chamber’s Education Committee, was held for the REACH Scholars and their families in the lobby of the Fine Arts Center. 

Anyone interested in supporting the program, either as a financial sponsor or by serving as a student mentor, should contact Jessica Seawright at 706-376-5141 or jseawright@hart.k12.ga.us.