Thursday, September 10, 2009
Community Blitz planned for Sept. 17
Several community agencies are partnering on Thursday, Sept. 17, to conduct a “Community Blitz” to go door to door and encourage those who have not completed high school to re-enroll.
Those participating will be encouraging students to complete their high school diplomas, and discussing the importance of getting a good education in Bryan schools.
During last year’s Community Blitz, one of the teams knocked on the door of a woman who is a foster mother for children entrusted to her by Child Protective Services. She mentioned a young woman who had been placed in her care, but was now 19 years old, on her own with no permanent home and withdrawn from high school. The foster mother did not know how to reach the student but gave team members her last known place of employment. The team followed up by finding and encouraging the student to return to high school.
The student enrolled in Bryan ISD’s Flexible High School Program and graduated in December.
“This bright young person who had given up on school prior to last year’s Community Blitz is now enrolled in Blinn College, supported by financial aid and a full-time job,” said Nancy Preston, principal of Flex High School.
This year’s blitz will be conducted from 9 to 11 a.m. Sept. 17. Those involved include representatives from the City of Bryan, Bryan Independent School District, Texas A&M University College of Education, Bryan-College Station Chamber of Commerce, Project Unity, United Way, Family Solutions, Brazos County NAACP, Brazos County Juvenile Services and the Center for Disabilities and Development at Texas A&M.
Bryan’s high school completion rate has significantly improved with the implementation of the Flexible High School program, approved by the Texas Education Agency to address the needs of at-risk students. The students work with the Flex High principal to decide their hours of attendance between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m., and develop a timeline for completion of courses required for graduation using the computer-based program.
Flex High students receive career guidance and have the opportunity to participate in real-world internships and vocational training. Flex students must meet all TAKS and BISD credit requirements for graduation. Many of the students being approached during the Community Blitz may be eligible for attendance to the Flex program.
Additional Contact Information
Neighborhood/Youth Services Manager
Bryan ISD Communications Director
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