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Over 100 volunteers encourage students to Step to Success


Over 100 volunteers gathered on the morning of July 31, 2015, for the third Steps to Success walk.

Volunteers from Tucson Unified School District, Mayor Johnathan Rothschild's office, and other partner organizations went door to door today to nearly 300 homes encouraging children who have dropped out of school to return and graduate.

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 Mayor Rothschild, TUSD Board member Cam Juárez, and TUSD Superintendent H.T. Sánchez
Dr. Sánchez was among the volunteers and had the opportunity to meet with several parents and students. "It's important to us that families know that we care and want what's best for them."
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Over 100 volunteers checked in to help.

Also among volunteers was former University of Arizona Graduate Assistant Men's Basketball Coach, Joseph Blair. "When you can bring a community together in this way to support something as important as education," he said, "it's a success no matter what."

Inspiration filled the lobby of the TUSD District Office as volunteers returned with stories of their visits. One volunteer shared her experience of getting a two-for-one. "We initially went to this home for a 7th grader, and it turns out the 19-year-old brother wanted to return to school as well." Both children planned to enroll at the Agave Online Middle & High School.

Of the homes visited today, 51% contact was made with parents and children. The district's Dropout Prevention department will follow up will all of these families to ensure the academic success of their children.

Dr. Sánchez called the event a success and added "education is the key to opportunity".


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Over 100 volunteers checked in to help.