Rise Summer Program

RISE Program @ Melrose, Harrison Square and Walton Summit

The Rise program will be offered at Melrose, Harrison Square and Walton Summit. This program will serve students grade k-3.

The times for each location include:

Melrose, Mon & Wednesday, 9 am – 11 am

Harrison Square Tues & Thurs, 9 am – 11am

Melrose & Harrison Square: Fri 12pm -4pm

To sign your child up: Please complete the form at this link.

Rise cancelled at Fair Street School for summer 2022.

Due to staff shortages, Rise will only be available to Gainesville Housing Authority and Walton Summit residents at the following community centers: Harrison Square, Melrose, and Walton Summit.

For more information, please email: mcalkins@gainesvillehousing.org

Check back here in spring 2023 for information about next year’s program!

See RISE 2016 video and photos

2016 was a resounding success with more than 100 students! Take a look at some of the activities in these photos and video.

The goals of RISE Summer Program are: 

  1. To eliminate summer learning loss in math and reading.
  2. To increase healthy living habits to fight childhood obesity.
  3. To improve academic performance.
  4. To reduce health risks associated with living in low-income communities.

To address these goals RISE Summer Program offers:

  • Relevant Curriculum: RISE students receive Gainesville City Schools-aligned curriculum 4 full days each week, for 6 weeks, with the goal of reinforcing Common Core standards.
  • Fun Fridays”: Each week, all of our kids head out for a day of fun which includes recreational swim time and a fun & educational field trips such as swimming at Frances Meadows, bowling, Elachee Nature Center, skating, INK Children’s Museum, Truelove Dairy Farm, and a ride on Chattahoochee River Keeper’s Lake Lanier boat,  The Chota Princess.
  • Access to RISE: Any Gainesville-Hall County child is welcome to attend RISE, free-of-charge.
  • Nutritious meals: A balanced breakfast, lunch and nutritious snacks are provided through a partnership with the USDA Summer Feeding Program, Gainesville City Schools and the Georgia Mountains Food Bank.
  • Nutrition Education: Brenau Occupational Therapy graduate students offer a healthy eating programs.
  • Health Assessments: Volunteers from Brenau’s Nursing Department conduct the physical screenings: BMI, sight and hearing. Information is relayed to parents & schools, when appropriate.
  • Healthy activities: Each day the children have an hour of recess and activity time. On Fridays, they spend 2 hours swimming at Frances Meadows Swim Center.
  • Family Engagement and Resources

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Watch the 2015 video

During the summer, students:
• Take exciting weekly field trips such as swimming or seeing live animal shows, planetarium and nature trails
• Are tutored in school curriculum on key subjects
• Improve nutrition and health habits
• Engage in daily games and recreation
• Take part in scientific experiments and projects
• Experience learning using new technologies Read More