Posted: Jun 1, 2012 8:07 AM
Updated: Jun 14, 2012 12:13 PM
A group of middle school students from Falfurrias traveled to the Valley to take part in what they call the best GEAR UP group in Texas.
Their facilitator Ben Cantu says their school district falls under Region 2, but felt Region One was better suited for their GEAR UP students.
Cantu says they know a good thing when they see it.
"Actually our superintendent Mr. Raul Gonzalez came and saw the fantastic things that are going on in Region One and he decided that Falfurrias want to be associated with Region One. Nothing against Region Two but a lot of going things are happening here and he just wanted to be a part of it," he tells us.
Cantu says what he wants most for his kids is the motivation to one day attend college.
"I see the excitement, I see the motivation even as facilitators they are getting us motivated trying the different things and the different styles so fascinating, so exciting," he explains.
"Embodying their avenues...not only going to local colleges but to bigger universities and seeing that other kids have done this makes it attainable for these kids, oh she went, maybe I can do it too. So not only staying here in south Texas but also going to those ivy league schools and shooting for the stars make this exciting."