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Students RISE to shine, avoid summer slump
Largest group of students completes learning program
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Students get lined up and wait for the Real Interactive Summer Learning Experience, or RISE, graduation ceremony to begin Friday at the Brenau Downtown Center in Gainesville. RISE is a partnership between several local organizations including Brenau University, the Gainesville Housing Authority, United Way of Hall County, Gainesville City Schools, the Hall County Health Department, Georgia Mountain Food Bank and others. - photo by Erin O. Smith
Nearly 125 elementary school students “graduated” from the fifth annual RISE — Real Interactive Summer-learning Experience) — program Friday morning. The program, which had its largest group yet, is predominantly for lower-income students. In 2013, the program’s first year, it had 19 students.