WALLA WALLA -- Close to 320 seventh-graders from Walla Walla, College Place, Prescott and Touchet spent Tuesday exploring Whitman College as part of a GEAR UP program.
GEAR UP is a federal program administered locally by Washington State University. The program strives to instill hopes for higher education among students in the middle school years.
The daylong visit to Whitman included tours of the campus, information on planning for college, and visits with current students. The seventh-graders also got to take part in a variety of activities, from academic to extra-curricular, to show that higher education is exciting and fun.