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Volunteers go door-to-door to help bring children back to school

Posted January 9, 2015

The Tucson community joined forces on Friday for Steps to Success, an initiative with an important, life-changing purpose: To bring children who have lost their way back to school to earn their high school diplomas.

"The outpouring of volunteers today was an indication of the heart and soul of this community and its dedication to its youth," said Dr. H.T. Sánchez, superintendent of Tucson Unified School District.

More than 80 volunteers, including Dr. Sánchez, Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, faith-based leaders, business leaders and community members went to 291 homes to ask children to give school another chance.

They met children who are a few credits short of their diplomas and just needed a little extra encouragement to finish up. They met children who need a significant number of classes and more support to complete their requirements. They met parents who were at their wits' end and were grateful for some help and hopeful for their children's futures.

In all, the volunteer teams were able to make in-person contact with 127 families. Each group had information on what courses the students need to finish and ideas for how they could earn them.

"Today was an amazing success that built upon on our previous community outreach to make students aware that we care tremendously about them and want to see them succeed," said Dr. Sánchez.

Friday's walk was the second Steps to Success initiative. In July, teams visited more than 400 homes, and 171 students from that group have returned to school. Sixteen have earned their high school diplomas and walked the stage at Winter Commencement.

If you know a student who is thinking about give up on school or needs a helping hand to come back, please call 232-8411 or visit TUSD's Success Center on the Catalina High School campus, 3645 E. Pima Street. The hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.



 Photo of Steps Team visiting homes
Teams visited nearly 300 homes and made contact with 127 families.
Photo of Steps Team visiting homes
Dr. Lorraine Morales, president of Pima Community College, TUSD Superintendent H.T. Sánchez
and Mayor Jonathan Rothschild are among the teams that visited the homes.