July 23, 2008

Toppenish School District Volunteer Will Receive GEAR UP Award Today in D.C.

By Jobetta Hedelman

Dianna Sampson, a parent volunteer in the Toppenish School District, is one of five recipients of the 2008 GEAR UP Parent Leadership Award that will be presented today at the National Council for Community and Education Partnerships annual conference in Washington, D.C.

The award is presented to parents who have demonstrated a significant commitment and leadership in their local GEAR UP -- Gaining Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs -- initiative and school community.

GEAR UP is a partnership between the federal government, schools, colleges, businesses and communities designed to increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in post- secondary education.

Sampson has been active with GEAR UP through the University of Washington for the past four years. During that time, she has helped cultivate and nurture other parent leaders.

She also has traveled around to Yakima Valley middle schools to help seventh- and eighth-graders and their parents apply for state- funded college scholarships. She is also involved in fundraising for the school library, serves on the Indian Education Committee, and works on migrant education issues.

-- Yakima Herald-Republic

(c) 2008 Yakima Herald-Republic. Provided by ProQuest Information and Learning. All rights Reserved.