2015 RISE Graduation Friday, July 24

The RISE summer learning program is graduating close to 100 first- through sixth-grade students during a ceremony this Friday, July 24, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Brenau Downtown Center, 301 Main Street SW. The event is free and open to the public.

Families are invited to participate in a resource fair starting at 9:30 a.m., where light refreshments will be served.

RISE (Real, Interactive Summer-Learning Experience), a 6-week-long collaborative summer enrichment program for low-income school children, has a stated mission of limiting or eliminating summer learning loss in reading and math. They also promote healthy life choices and nutrition during the summer when students lack access to the school lunch programs they benefit from during the school year.

RISE is a partnership between Brenau University, Gainesville City Schools, the Hall Country Health Department, Gainesville City Housing Authority, Georgia Mountain Food Back and the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation. The program has grown significantly each year from its creation in 2012 with 19 students.