"SHREVEPORT, LOUISIANA TO ADDRESS HIGH SCHOOL DROPOUT CRISIS"
SHREVEPORT, LOUISIANA TO ADDRESS HIGH SCHOOL DROPOUT CRISIS Learning to Finish, City of Shreveport, Caddo Parish Public Schools, Caddo Parish District Attorney, Caddo Parish Sheriff, Southern University-Shreveport, Volunteers of America, Community Foundation of Shreveport-Bossier and Alliance for Education Join with America’s Promise Alliance in Issuing a “Call to Arms” to Ensure Youth of Shreveport, Louisiana Graduate On the 25th anniversary of the landmark report, “A Nation at Risk,” the country’s educational system remains in peril. Across the United States, one out of every three public high school students drops out each year. A new report commissioned by America’s Promise Alliance finds that the local graduation rate is 59.4%--meaning that four in ten Shreveport teens do not graduate with their class. In response, Learning to Finish, City of Shreveport, Caddo Parish Public Schools, Caddo Parish District Attorney, Caddo Parish Sheriff, Southern University-Shreveport, Volunteers of America, Community Foundation of Shreveport-Bossier and Alliance for Education are joining together to generate solutions to curb this dropout crisis. The Shreveport Dropout Prevention Summit: Parent University is one of 100 such events nationwide in which local leaders will develop workable solutions to prepare our youth for college, work and life–starting with a high school diploma. KEYNOTE SPEAKER: • Rob Dixon, Project RISE Executive Director & teacher at Thayer Academy, Braintree, MA Winner of the People Magazine/Major League Baseball All-Starts Among Us Award WHEN/WHERE: August 8, 2009 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. Southern University-Shreveport – Health and Physical Education Building - Gymnasium 3050 Martin Luther King Drive PURPOSE: In addition to calling attention to our community’s low graduation rates, the purpose of the Shreveport Dropout Prevention Summit: Parent University is to emphasize the importance of parental involvement in their children’s education and to provide the information and resources that parents need to help their children succeed. You are invited to attend the Shreveport Dropout Prevention Summit: Parent University to meet Caddo Superintendent Gerald Dawkins, Mayor Cedric Glover, District Attorney Charles Scott, Sheriff Steve Prator, school personnel, elected officials and community leaders to learn what you can do to help our students succeed in school and GRADUATE. Please spread the word about the Shreveport Dropout Prevention Summit: Parent University to your family, friends, colleagues, congregation and any faith-based and community organizations or government agencies that provide services to children and families. We will have tables available for those organizations to meet with students and parents and to display information about the services provided to children and families. TO RESERVE A SEAT OR A TABLE: Space is limited. To reserve a seat(s) or table(s), please RSVP to Kathie Boyett at email@example.com or 318.424.0599. About the America’s Promise Alliance America’s Promise Alliance is the nation’s largest partnership alliance comprised of corporations, nonprofit organizations, foundations, policymakers, advocacy and faith groups committed to ensuring that children receive the fundamental resources - the Five Promises – they need to lead successful, healthy and productive lives and build a stronger society. Building on the legacy of our founder General Colin Powell, the Alliance believes a child’s success is grounded in experiencing the Five Promises - caring adults; safe places; a healthy start; an effective education; and opportunities to help others - at home, in school and in the community. For more information visit: www.americaspromise.org. About Learning to Finish Learning to Finish, an initiative of the Community Foundation of Shreveport-Bossier, the Alliance for Education and other community and school partners, was started in October 2006 to raise awareness of our community’s low graduation rates and engage the community and schools to create solutions to the barriers to high school graduation. For more information contact: Kathie D. Boyett at firstname.lastname@example.org or 318.424.0599.