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BOISE -- More than 300 students took part in Gear Up Idaho Saturday.

For the last eight weeks, these students have been participating in Gear Up Idaho. The program, funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, assists students in becoming prepared for post-secondary education by meeting the standards necessary for high school graduation.

But in addition to the academics, Gear Up Idaho also reinforces character.

It's a really neat program because it teaches them they are not victims of their circumstances, said Julia Withers with Gear Up Idaho. They can think about their choices and make good choices no matter what's going on around them.

This is Idaho's second year of the six-year program.

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