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Jul 18, 2014 7:19 PM by John Patrick

Volunteers take Steps to Success for TUSD dropouts

TUCSON - Over 100 volunteers met at Tucson Unified School District Friday for Steps to Success, a door to door campaign to get possible dropouts back in school to earn their diplomas.

TUSD student, Michael Mendoza, showed up as inactive in TUSD's system at the end of last school year. He always planned to be at school by the end of July but Steps for Success volunteers showed up at his door step just to make sure.

"It's good to give us more motivation to go back to school and it shows that they care and that they want us to improve," explains Mendoza.

As students fall through the cracks this program is putting boots to the ground to find out why.

Frank Armenta, Principal of Cholla High Magnet School, is one of the volunteers reaching out to get those so close to graduation back on the right path.

"There are a lot of factors that pull them out but we really want to push them back in and they're very excited when we show up," explains Armenta.

Tucson has a graduation rate around 78 percent but those at this initiative will not be satisfied until that number is much closer to 100 percent. H.T. Sanchez, TUSD Superintendent, says this program is a great way to make an impact and is proud of the community involvement.

"The whole idea and thought of boots on the ground is moving forward. It's important to match words with deeds and that's what this is about," said Sanchez.

TUSD has set up a Success Center at Catalina High School for students who wish to get more information and assistance in completing their high school education. For more information about the Success Center call 520-232-8411.

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