Volunteers Work HISD’s Annual Reach Out To Dropouts Phone Bank This Week
Working to bring dropouts back to school, dozens of volunteers will call the homes of Houston Independent School District students who failed to show up during the first week of school and encourage them to come back to school.
The phone-bank operation on Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 3 and Sept. 4, is in advance of a city-wide door-to-door campaign on Saturday, with thousands of volunteers walking through neighborhoods to find dropouts and persuade them to come back to class.
The fifth annual Reach Out to Dropouts phone bank takes place Wednesday, Sept. 3, from 8:30 a.m. – 7 p.m., and Thursday, Sept. 4, from 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. at the Hattie Mae White Educational Support Center 4400 W. 18th St.
The results of the phone calls will provide HISD representatives with data to map out the homes of the students who will be visited during the Reach Out to Dropouts Walk, which will take place on Saturday, Sept. 6. Hundreds of volunteers, including Houston Mayor Bill White and his wife Andrea, will go door-to-door to the homes of dropouts to encourage them to complete their high school education.
This year again volunteers from Litton Loan Co., CenterPoint Energy, Wal-Mart, and Houston A+ Challenge will help make calls. Last year, more than 70 volunteers participated in the phone bank and 1,375 calls were made.