School District Hopes to Ease Volunteer Process With Website

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

"We need your help." That is the Clark County School District's stance. The district launched the Watch Us Grow campaign this month in conjunction with Superintendent Dwight Jones' State of the District address Jan. 5 at Chaparral High School.

The district added a new page on its website, ccsd.net, that explains ways people can get involved with their local schools.

The district is encouraging public support more than ever to help improve its graduation rate. The district had about 20,000 seniors at the beginning of this school year, and about half were on track to graduate.

"Our graduation rate is at epidemic proportions," district spokeswoman Amanda Fulkerson said. "We're taking the time to publicly explain everything we're doing to get people more involved. I think if we make it easier for a parent or community member to get involved and they change one kid's life, that's a success."

The district is looking for volunteers to help Saturday as part of the Reclaim Your Future initiative, which is scheduled at several high schools across the Las Vegas Valley.

It will be the second time the event will be held this school year. Administrators, teacher and volunteers visited about 300 homes in September to get struggling juniors and seniors back in school and on the path to graduation.

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