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Chase Your Dreams – 2016 Rhode Island GEAR UP Fest Slide Show + Story



carlos-with-signOur 2016 GEAR UP Fest on Sat September 10 was a resounding success, drawing over 400 Crusaders and family members to celebrate in a back-to-school bash. Keynote speaker Carlos Ojeda, Jr. (left), nationally known youth motivational speaker from Coolspeak.net, held the audience spellbound as he told the story of his educational journey and encouraged Crusaders to reach high. It’s not enough to follow your dreams, he said. You have to chase your dreams! After his speech, our middle school and high school Advisors held specially designed workshops for parents, and four Crusade alumni met with families for a valuable Q+A. Closing speaker was Saikon Gbehan ’01, a member of the first high school graduating class of Crusaders and current member of our board of directors.

gu-fest-alum-speakers3There are lots of thank you’s to go around! Many thanks to Carlos Ojeda, Jr., for his amazing and inspirational speech to our families. Many thanks to our Advisory staff for sharing their expertise with parents. Many thanks to our family engagement staff for coordinating the event. ri gearup logo2Many thanks to volunteer alumni speakers Kevin Olasanoye, Natalya Alexander, Alyssia Ramos, Lisette Gomes, and Saikon Gbehan for giving back to our Crusade community. Many thanks to Community Action Partnership of Providence and Ascensus CollegeBoundSaver 529 Program for providing information tables. Many thanks to Providence Career & Technical Academy for providing space for hosting our event. And lots of thanks to Family Liaison Ramon Albino for two slideshows of wonderful photos. We are so ready for the new school year!


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