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2016 Partnership Excellence Award
Hinds County School District and BankPlus, Members Exchange Credit Union, Bankcorp South - Programs to lower dropout rates, increase graduation rates and improve parental and community involvement
Students impacted: 1,500 Volunteers: 40-60 Duration of partnership: 8 years
This partnership focuses on increasing graduation rates through four initiatives developed between the district’s dropout prevention team and its community partners. These annual initiatives include a teen summit; a scholarship program; a reality fair; and class presentations by local partners on money management, character development, and motivational programs to improve self-esteem.
Activities: • Teen summit to improve parent and community involvement • Dropout Prevention Student Scholarship Awards • Annual reality fair to reinforce connection between high school performance, career potential, and lifestyle expectations. • Class presentations on money management, character education, and motivation to improve self-esteem
Impacts: • Student attendance for district improved to 94% and higher • Graduation rate rose from 72.2% in 2010 to 87.7% in 2014 • ACT composite score is 16.8 • SATP scores have ranged from 74% passing and higher