HISD Volunteers Make Calls To Students Who Have Not Returned To School

September 7, 2010

Volunteers from the Houston community will be calling the homes of students who have not returned to school this year as part of HISD’s Grads Within Reach initiative.

The seventh annual Grads Within Reach phone bank, formerly known as Reach Out to Dropouts, will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 7 and Wednesday, Sept. 8 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Hattie Mae White Educational Support Center, 4400 West 18th Street, 77092.

Volunteers from Litton Loan Co., CenterPoint Energy, and Walmart are returning this year to help with the phone bank. School board trustees, Superintendent Terry Grier, members of Team HISD and local media personalities will also be volunteering to make calls over the two days the phone bank is open.

The results of the phone calls will provide HISD representatives with data to map out the homes of students who will be visited during the Grads Within Reach walk, which will take place on Saturday, Sept. 11.

During the walk, volunteers will walk the neighborhoods surrounding 23 HISD high schools to visit the homes of students who have not yet shown up to school.  HISD Superintendent Terry Grier will join HISD Board Members, elected officials, community leaders, teachers, counselors, administrators, business people, parents, and other volunteers in an effort to recover as many students as possible.  Volunteer teams will be equipped with student names and addresses, maps, resource materials and school contact information cards.  Schools will be open for students to re-enroll that day.

Last year, more than 1,200 volunteers visited more than 1,400 homes to encourage students to come back to school.  The day of the walk, 66 students re-enrolled while many more re-enrolled during the following weeks.

For more information on how to volunteer or how to return to school, visit the HISD website at www.houstonisd.org or email GWR@houstonisd.org.

InstantNewsWestu Staff

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