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Drop out prevention town hall meetings

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Gearing up for graduation.  Students, parents and teachers gathered at the Jackson Medical Mall Thursday to discuss plans to combat the state's drop out rate.

About 75 people attended the first town hall meeting hosted by United Way of the Capital Area.  Organizers believed drop out prevention was not just a school issue, but it takes involvement from the entire community.

Parents and students voiced their opinions and helped come up with strategies to help teens reach for the diploma.  Jackson teenagers who drop out of high school not only hurt their future, but the future of the capital city.

"They end up either incarcerated, no job, lack of skills and it is just not good for our community as a whole, especially for our kids.  If we don't change this pattern we're in now and look at ways that we can aggressively focus as a community in helping those kids achieve than I think we're in trouble," said Carol Burger, President of United Way of the Capital Area.

 Drop out prevention town hall meetings will be held almost every month at the Jackson Medical Mall Community Room from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  Dinner and door prizes provided.  The dates are September 1st, October 6th, January 5th, February 2nd, March 1st, April 5th, May 3rd and June 7th.

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