Gov. Deal comes to Franklin Co. today

Governor Nathan Deal will be in Franklin County today.

The governor will be in Carnesville at Franklin County Middle School for the Franklin County School System’s first REACH Georgia signing ceremony.

REACH stands for Realizing Education Achievement Can Happen.

REACH Georgia is the State’s first needs-based mentorship and college scholarship program.

According to their Web site, the REACH Georgia scholarship program was launched on February 6, 2012 at Georgia Institute of Technology with the announcement of a $250,000 donation from AT&T.

Last spring, REACH Georgia vice president Brad Bryant presented the program to the Franklin County School Board and at their May meeting, the Board voted to become a partner.

In order to receive a REACH Georgia scholarship, a student must maintain a 2.5 GPA, demonstrate good behavior and attendance.

Students who successfully complete the program and graduate from high school receive a $10,000 scholarship, which can be used at any Georgia university, college, or technical school.

Today, eligible students and their parents at Franklin County Middle School will be signing contracts committing to fulfilling the requirements of the program.

Today’s signing ceremony is one of many across the state this week.

REACH’s goal is to have all 180 school systems become REACH participating school systems and serve over 3,000 Scholars by the 2020-2021 school year.