Join the Drop Back In To School Initiative

Join the Drop Back In To School Initiative
Posted on 02/22/2013

The Drop Back In To School Committee composed of members representing Waco ISD, TSTC, McLennan Community College, Waco Chamber of Commerce, and The Education Alliance, would like to invite you to become an Educational Partner in the Waco area Drop Back In To School Initiative.

Background:

The Waco area faces a constellation of economic and educational challenges.  The number of families living at or below the poverty line continues to grow.  Students are dropping out at alarming rates at all levels of education and, due to a lack of adequate education, the number of under-educated adults stuck in low paying jobs continues to rise.  While problems such as these require constant attention and multiple strategies designed to prevent and recover dropouts and or individuals who have had their educational goals interrupted, we believe that raising public awareness that it is never too late to come back to education is a first step. We want to encourage community members to continue working toward attaining their original educational goals or to set new goals. The message we will convey is

“You can do it, and we will support you.”

 There are two natural times when people’s thoughts turn toward school and education, late summer during the “back to school” preparation and around the New Year when people focus on New Year’s resolutions. This initiative intends to capitalize on the natural inclination of people to think about school and their future at these times and to provide encouragement and help via a telephone hotline, social media and on-line support.  People will be asked to supply some very basic information about their highest level of education, personal goals, potential obstacles and contact information.  This information will be gathered via a hotline or on the WISD website.  Based on the information provided, they will be contacted (the goal is within 24 to 48hours) by the educational partner best able to support their educational goals.

 Will you join us in this effort?  If so, please contact David Ellis, Student Services Supervisor for Waco ISD at 254-757-5909 or dellis@wacoisd.org.