The battle to keep all BR children in school

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With school starting this week, teachers are busy getting things ready and students are being registered.
 
Unfortunately, there is a number of children whop for one reason or another wont be attending school.
 
Last year alone there were close to 7,000 children who we’re not going to school.
 
These numbers are down from previous years, but there is still a lot of important work to do and it all starts at the school.
 
Beth Miller Ragsdale is the Assistant Principal of Central High School says that they are ready.
 
She said, “We’re going to do whatever it takes for every student to graduate on time and they’re not going to graduate if we don’t get them to school”.
 
Central High School has a adviser program in place to keep students coming to school.
 
Kellie Hargroder, Counselor at Central High School said, “The number one reason that kids drop out of school is because they don’t have a contact on campus.  That’s one of the main reasons we created the adviser program so that kid has an adult that they can go to”.
 
The adviser also keeps records of the students attendance.
 
If there are too many unexcused absences, the sponsor reaches out to the students and parents to find a solution.
 
Some children still fall through the cracks all over Baton Rouge.
 
Some don’t even show up to school in the first place.
 
That’s were the family and youth service comes in.
 
Roxson Welch, the Director of the Family and Youth Service Center, says that they work to identify truant children, look into the reasons they miss school and then provide needed services for the student and family to help them get back into school.
 
She said, “You have to have certain basic needs and if those things are not met learning is not going to happen.  You can’t just put kids back in school without the tools for them to learn.  We have to find out why they missing school”.
 
It’s all about making sure each child gets an education.
 
Hargroder, said, “It’s something that no one can ever take away from you.  It’s something that empowers you.  You did it own your own”.
 
Because of that, and education is priceless.
 
If you would like more information on the Family and Youth Service Center, click here.

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