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Page 6C October 2019 R pOrter n Diane Glidewell Monroe County Schools announced on O :t. 8 that it has se- lected Devin Jenkins Madison Grier as its 2 19 REACH scholars. ) R ACH is an acronym for Realizing Educa- tional Achievement Can Happen. Georgia's REACH program started in 2012 offering a needs- based mentoring and scholarship plan for academically promising students. Monroe County Schools began par- ticipating in REACH in 2018, when it selected five students. The state program now includes 154 school systems and includes about 1,800 students. REACH schol- ars are chosen when they are in 8th grade on the basis of grades, at- tendance, behavior and need. They sign con- tracts to maintain high standards and to meet with assigned mentors and academic coaches until they graduate from high school. Students who complete the contract receive up to $10,000 ($2,500 per year maximum) toward the cost of attendance at an eligible postsecond- ary institution. Funds are provided by the state and matched by the awarding school sys- tem through donations after the first cohort of REACH scholars. Oglethorpe Power do- nated $7,000 to Monroe Oo on Warehouse, &wr hmg mast, #. Fridag Oe,r lggh i ,h 9:O0-LI.:O0 e,h chg proJ . p c.e,c.s, and mor . Devin Jenkins, left, seated, and Madison Grier, right, seated, and their families accepted REACH 8 Board of Education meeting. County Schools for the guardians were cnm r,p,',-f .L ^ REACH program, mitting to support their scholars in the Class of Monroe County students, maintaining 2024. Middle School principal contact with mentors The students agree to Efrem Yarber introduced and coaches, helping keep a grade point aver- the 2019 REACH schol- students keep appoint-age of at least 2.5, good ars and thanked their ments with them and attendance and behavior, parents for encourag- attending related events, remain drug free, meet ing them academically. He said the community with their mentors and He said the parents and is also committing to career and academic scholarships at the Oct. school and graduate from a four-year edu- cational program after high school Yarber said Grier and Jenkins have been consistent achiev- ers so far in their years in Monroe County Schools e ot long after moving to Forsyth, I suffered a massive heart attack. My wife took me to Monroe County Hospital. The quick, thorough care I got there saved my life. They stabilized me and got me the help I needed. That bought me time to get an 8-bypass surgery that has given me a new lease on life. But it never would've happened without Monroe County Hospital. If it wasn't for them, I would not be here. - Steve Davies Forsyth, GA I MONROE COUN Y 1t 0 S P I'1 A I. 88 Martin Luther King Jr Drive Forsyth, GA 31029