Gary Student’s Plea – About More Than a Slice of Pizza

Every once in a while, it’s worth sitting back and taking a look at what’s going on around you. Seems like some times we move so fast that we lose track of the progress we are making and we don’t consider the immenseness (is that a word?) of what we are doing.
 
I got into this battle to help low-income families access quality schools. That was the big goal. But there are lots of other incremental goals that take place along the way to achieving the big goal. One of those goals is having a building to do your work.
 
So, it is with that in mind, that I present to you the pictures below and above. The picture above is the new home of GEO Foundation on Meridian Street in Indianapolis. We moved in right before the pandemic started last year, then all of us went home. :) Even still, this is quite a long way from my living room where GEO began in 1998.
 
Below are pictures of the schools we’ve started in Gary, Indianapolis, and Baton Rouge. We now have 10 campuses altogether. Five in Gary, one in Indianapolis, and four in Baton Rouge. Kind of hard to believe, really.
 
But, when you serve 3,600 students in these cities, you have to have a place for them to learn. And we are not done, yet. We’ve been invited to start more schools in Baton Rouge. And Texas continues to beckon us.
 
While I appreciate the invitations, the goal remains the same–to provide high quality education to underserved families. The goal is NOT to have a bunch of mediocre schools. Nope! So, we don’t start new schools until our current ones are standing on their own feet and producing great results.
 
I can tell you that our current schools are doing just that, too. From “Top Gains” schools in Baton Rouge, to our top graduation rates and college and career readiness ratings in Indiana, our schools are kicking it. That’s why more invitations are coming in. Pretty exciting.
 
For now, I’ll leave it there. Enjoy these pictures. Yes, they are just buildings. But they are more than that in the communities we serve. They are places where hope begins and goals are realized. Not just a proposed PDF plan, but real evidence of great work being done.
 
Thanks for being our friend throughout all these years. Thanks for believing in us. Let’s keep changing the world together!
 
Sincerely,
 
Kevin Teasley
Founder & President
GEO Foundation
 
 

October 26, 2020

Dear Friends:

I woke up this morning and found this post from one of my students in Gary, Indiana on my Facebook feed. I love to see this type of initiative from our students. While Max is trying to raise funds for our athletics program, please read beyond that. The pain, the scars, the challenges of trying to succeed in Gary are real and stretch beyond athletics. These are his words, not mine.

Here is the message from Max:

Support us at 21st Century Charter School of Gary Athletics to give us the athletic season we’ve been fighting for. This year is going to push us further than ever before and the road only gets tougher from here. At a point in time, not even being considered a team worth mentioning to other schools in the state of Indiana. To go to a status of where one could argue, we were destined for a state championship with the amount of talent grown on our team. We have the scars of losing it and the pride to have trophies from the battles we won through sweat, blood, and tears. And it shows through the results that we present every single time someone tries to question why young boys do this. Multiple boys, transforming into young men, are making their way through college on the scholarships given to us by colleges who take the time out of their day to come and watch us. This type of road and opportunity only comes once in a lifetime so we have to make it count! Coming from an environment of Gary, Indiana only being seen with the place where kids have the lowest chance of ever achieving success. With this, as young African-American children who are denied the possibility of success every day by unseen factors. We are given the possibility and chance to become the greatest in our own right from whatever path opens from this way of life we choose. Support us as we strive for a future during this time of cultural unrest and global epidemic. The fundraiser not only lets you support us but also gives you the benefit of receiving a card that can be used at your local domino’s to get a large pizza at the purchase of one! Help us maintain a path to a future that we’re not willing to let go! 21st Century Charter School at Gary

Friends, just making it through high school in Gary is a feat. When we started in 2005 the dropout rate was 50%. Today, our students not only graduate on time, they are among the most successful in Indiana when it comes to college and career preparation and achievement. And Max is no exception! He is a junior earning 11 college credits this semester in business. He has a chance to earn a full associate degree (at no cost to him) while in our high school.

The families in Gary are among the best I’ve ever known. The love, the respect, the efforts they take to improve their future are extremely inspiring and it’s why I’m so committed to Gary. Our families work twice as hard as others–even if it means selling one slice of pizza at a time. They have to. Gary is a desert when it comes to philanthropy. Gary does not enjoy the same support I see so prevalent in Indianapolis–and yet one could argue the challenges in Gary are more challenging than anywhere in the state. If you can support Max’s pizza fundraiser, please do. If you would like to help in a bigger capacity, perhaps support college scholarships for our students, click here. Thanks.

Sincerely,

Kevin Teasley
President

I share this picture just to show the contrast between our school (on the right) and the Gary neighborhood we serve. The challenges to succeed in Gary are very real.

Aplica Ahora (2021-2022)

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GEO Next Generation High School utilizará el sistema en línea EnrollBR para el proceso de inscripción 2021-2022. EnrollBR es un proceso de solicitud común que brinda ayuda a las familias con la correcta elección de la escuela que satisfará las necesidades que sus hijos tengan. Los padres deben seguir las instrucciones a continuación para registrarse para el año escolar 2021-2022.

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Para el año escolar 2021-2022, GEO Next Generation High School inscribirá los grados 9-10. La escuela está ubicada en 2355 N. Sherwood Forest Dr., Baton Rouge, LA 70815. Para obtener información sobre cómo inscribirse en el actual año escolar, comuníquese con la escuela al numero telefónico (225) 314-2044.

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GEO Next Generation High School will be utilizing the EnrollBR online system for the 2021-2022 enrollment process. EnrollBR is a common application process that assists families with school choice to meet the needs of their child(ren). Parents should follow the below directions to register for the 2021-2022 school year.

  1. Click Here to go directly to EnrollBR and begin your application.
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For the 2021-2022 school year, GEO Next Generation High School will be enrolling grades 9-10. The school is located at 2355 N. Sherwood Forest Dr., Baton Rouge, LA 70815. For information on enrolling this current school year, please contact the school at (225) 314-2044.