The Issue: High-School Dropout Rates Affect the Community
An estimated 2,400 children dropped out from the Class of 2010 at Durham-Chapel Hill high school, according to a recent Alliance for Excellent Education report. If half of those students had graduated, then the gross regional product could have increased by as much as $19 million by the time they reached their career midpoints.
The Campaign: Send At-Risk Students on College Tours
If this Grassroots campaign raises $360, then Communities In Schools of Durham can send 30 students on a local college tour, including the costs of bus rental and fuel. Each additional $360 raised will be used to send 30 more students on a college tour.
You can follow the progress of this and other Grassroots campaigns at the Groupon Grassroots website.
Communities in Schools of Durham
As one of 194 affiliates in the nation's largest dropout-prevention network, Communities In Schools of Durham (CIS) works to reduce the dropout rate by using evidence-based programs and connecting students with resources to help them achieve success, such as local corporations, civic agencies, and human-services agencies.
CIS places full-time staff members in schools, where they implement programs and form individual relationships with students who have a greater risk for dropping out. As part of its programming, CIS sponsors tours to local colleges so students can learn more about potential opportunities, gain inspiration for earning a high-school diploma, and begin to identify their ideal career path.