Over 700 Volunteers Participate in HISD’s Grads Within Reach Walk

Volunteers persuade 63 students to reenroll in school

September 10, 2011
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Hundreds of volunteers spent Saturday morning knocking on more than 1,000 homes across the city in an effort to re-enroll students who had not returned to school this academic year. Their efforts paid off, with 63 HISD students re-enrolled today.

HISD Superintendent of Schools Terry B. Grier kicked off the eighth annual “Grads Within Reach” walk at Wheatley High School, motivating dozens of volunteers, educators, and HISD administrators present.

“Today we are here to educate these students about HISD’s unique programs that will meet their diverse needs to help them graduate, regardless of their circumstances. We want them to know we care and want them back in our schools,” said Dr. Grier.

Grier was joined by former Mayor Bill White, who has participated in HISD dropout walks since they began in 2004. Today, White said, the concept has spread to dozens of other school districts across three states.

"You plant a seed in good soil, and it grows," White said. "HISD is now serving as a beacon for these other cities and school districts that are now taking part in this program."

Read the full press release (.pdf).