Reach Out To Drop Outs

September 3, 2009

The Houston Independent School District is reaching out to volunteers who want to participate in the sixth annual Reach Out to Dropouts walk, which has been scheduled at 8 a.m. Saturday, September 12.

About five years ago, the district began canvassing local neighborhoods in the early fall to look for high-school students who had not yet returned to class.

The reach out program was an idea developed by Houston Mayor Bill White and his wife, Andrea White. They have participated – along with former HISD superintendent Abe Saavedra – in the outreach program every year.

During the first five years of the event, it is estimated that the walk has convinced more than 6,000 students to return to school, and that 500 of them graduated from high school.

.The program has been adopted by 22 other cities and in 9 other Houston-area school districts.

Once again, HISD wants volunteers to help students return to class. The district is asking  its own employees, parents of current and former students, alumni, local leaders and community members to participate.

The walk has been scheduled at 23 Houston public high schools. For information, contact HISD’s Student Enagement Departmentl, or e-mail Jesse Marche at ROTD@houstonisd.org.

InstantNewsWestu Staff

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