CEHD And Bryan ISD Partner in Dropout Prevention Program Sept. 17

Written by: CEHD Communications Staff
Post date: September 11, 2009

Students at risk of not graduating from high school can benefit from a little encouragement to stay in school. And this is just what College of Education and Human Development faculty, staff and students are aiming to do next Thursday, Sept. 17, as part of the Dropout Community Plunge Initiative coordinated by Bryan ISD and Bryan/College Station Family Solutions.

"We are very excited that Texas A&M University will be joining in the community's effort to reach out to students who have gotten side-tracked in their high school education," says Nancy Preston, principal of the Bryan ISD Flexible High School Program. "Students visited last year during our neighborhood recovery walk reported that it was a powerful experience to have community leaders come to their home to encourage them to return to school."

The Community Plunge Initiative is a dropout prevention program intended to encourage middle- and high-school students to remain in or return to school. Program volunteers visit various neighborhoods in the Bryan community to talk with students and parents about the benefits of getting a high school education.

Dean Doug Palmer will be one of more than 10 College of Education and Human Development volunteers on hand to canvas the targeted neighborhoods identified with a high incidence of students in need of recovery.

"This is a great opportunity for our college to partner with Bryan ISD to transform the lives of students locally," Palmer says.