Team SISD educators have united for the second annual Walk for Success and have been making great progress since August in identifying and reaching out to students who have left the district or have not enrolled in school.
The efforts are leading up to the Walk for Success event, where the SISD superintendent, principals, counselors and other staff members will come together to walk SISD neighborhoods to personally find and encourage students to return to school.
The Walk for Success will be from 8 a.m. to noon Sept. 19 beginning at the SISD District Service Center, 12440 Rojas Dr.
“We are 100 percent committed to supporting all of our students as if they are very own children,” said SISD Superintendent José Espinoza. “That means finding and talking to all students in our community who deserve a high quality education. We want to talk to them one-on-one, tell them that they are important to us, and that we are willing and able to help them come back to school to earn their high school diploma.”
On Aug. 29, SISD educators conducted a call-out as a precursor to the Walk for Success. Counselors and other school and district staff contacted students who have left SISD schools. As a result of the call-outs, nine students have re-enrolled in SISD schools.
The phone calls also helped in identifying and locating many other students who already have enrolled in schools in the area or out-of-town. More than 500 phone calls were made during the call-out event.
At the Walk for Success on Sept. 19, Team SISD staff will be looking for about 300 students who still have not been reached. The team members will be divided in groups to visit neighborhoods in each high school feeder area in the district.
Throughout the district’s Walk for Success initiative last year, Team SISD recovered 74 students. Five students who came back through 2014’s Walk for Success graduated last school year. These students will be invited to help with this year’s Walk for Success to connect with other students who may be inspired by their success.
“It’s a great time and we really want to bring our students back to school,” said Corey Craft, SISD School Compliance Officer. “It’s an amazing thing because when we visit students at their home they really feel that we care about them. As opposed to just waiting for them to come to us, we go to them.”
During the Walk for Success, Team SISD members will make every effort to talk to the students themselves or family members who may know where the students are, and explain to the students how to come back to school and the assistance that Team SISD will provide for them.
Author: Socorro ISD