Fifth Steps to Success walk brings community together

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Posted 08/03/16

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Steps to Success by the numbers:

August 3rd visits: 194
August 3rd contacts: 118 (61%)
Total walks to date: 5
Total graduates: 64
Total re-enrollments to date: 384
(does not include August 3rd data):

For the fifth time in two years, Tucson Unified School District employees, the Mayor of Tucson and dozens of other community volunteers hit the streets to knock on doors and ask students who have dropped out to give their education a second chance.

Early Wednesday morning, the groups gathered at TUSD headquarters to be briefed and trained on what to expect. The room and hallway at the administrative building was overflowing as volunteers watched a video training and heard from the Superintendent, Dr. H.T. Sánchez and Mayor Jonathan Rothschild about the importance of inviting the students back to finish. Also on hand at the briefing, Steps to Success graduate Anthony Valenzuela who is now finishing up his certification for collision repair so he can begin looking for work.

After the teams are paired up, a TUSD employee drives them to the addresses and guides the volunteers through the process of talking with students and families. Teams visited nearly 200 homes today and made contact with 118 students and/or families.

Several University of Arizona basketball, football and softball players were among the volunteers who wanted to help stress the importance of a good education.

Earlier in the day, Dr. Sánchez and Anthony were live via Skype on Headline News' Michaela Pereira show. See our photo gallery, also for more views of the day!

Photo of Dr. Sánchez