Thanks to an education advocacy program in the wiregrass ... Dothan schools are saying "Yes we can!"
Times are tough and many school systems are seeing cut backs, but one group in the wiregrass is helping to bridge the gap. Over the last two years they've contributed around 2.5 million dollars.
Now their dedication has been paying off…
“Yes We Can Dothan!" is an educational advocacy group whose goal is to boost student achievement.
A recent progress report to the school board shows...they've accomplished their goal.
Thomas Harrison, the Wiregrass Foundation Education Director, says the secret to the group's success is in the outstanding community involvement.
"We have more and more interest on the part of our community in what our school district is doing so our huge success has been that area of engaging our citizens with their public schools, “said Harrison.
“Another reason for the program's success is because the very students who walk these hallways are some of the programs most active members,” said reporter Danielle Eldredge.
“One thing that I was really hoping to have…students a lot more involved and they've actually made it to where students can get more involved in the community and get more involved within our school systems. It's really great to have a student voice because sometimes students aren't heard and it's nice to see that people care,” Said Dothan High School student, Alyssa Newton.
And that's what this all comes down to...people caring.
“I want all children in Dothan, Alabama, no matter what school they attend, to have an outstanding educational experience. I think this is the way to improve our society,” said Harrison.
Dothan is one of only two cities in the state that has this program.
Montgomery and Huntsville are starting to follow Dothan's lead.
If you want to get involved you may call Dr. Thomas Harrison at 699-1031.