Rise Summer Program

RISE 2020 is canceled!

We are sorry to announce that we’ve had to cancel RISE Summer Program this June.

We look forward to seeing all our wonderful students again in 2021!

2020 Application Online!

Please go to our “Downloadable Forms” page to download and print the 2020 application! Please complete ALL questions in order for your child(ren) to be registered.

Completed applications may be dropped off at GHA office, 750 Pearl Nix Pkwy, Fair St School, or Centennial Elementary School.

RISE June 1-26, Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm

Register for RISE 2020!

RISE 2020 dates set for June 1st – 26th.

Registration for RISE will start Monday, March 2nd. Applications will be available on this website and paper copies will be available at Fair Street School, and Gainesville Housing Authority, 750 Pearl Nix Parkway, Gainesville, GA 30501 or 815 Harrison Square, 30507.

NOTE: RISE serves children who are currently in kindergarten – 5th grade.

Please feel free to make copies for distribution at your site!

If you have any questions about the application process, please contact Maria Calkins, mcalkins@gainesvillehousing.org, or call/text, 404-358-3558.

Register for RISE 2019:

June 3rd – 28th at Fair Street School.

Paper applications will be available starting March 1st at Fair Street School and Gainesville Housing Authority, 750 Pearl Nix Parkway.

Printable forms are available on this site.

Questions? Call/text Maria Calkins, 404-358-3558 or email, mcalkins@gainesvillehousing.org.

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