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Liberty Ranch High School students take vow to stay in school

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Posted: Thursday, November 7, 2013 10:02 pm

Every 26 seconds, a high school student somewhere in the United States drops out of school. Galt students are working to ensure that doesn’t happen locally.

Following a student-produced video, Liberty Ranch High School students took a pledge last month to stay in school. It was sponsored by State Farm Insurance.

Hawk Productions, the school’s video class/club, worked with the Galt Police Department and various local businesses including Subway, Napa Auto Parts and More for Less to create a video about the life of a dropout. It was used as part of the pledge drive held during lunch, according to technology teacher Doug Floyd.

The lead producer was Julio Roque, with assistants Pat Armstrong, Chase Taylor and Stanley Young. Gus Kisch and Joseph Gonzalez were also part of the creative team.

They demonstrated how hard it is to get job without a high school diploma.

The national high school graduation rate is 75 percent, meaning one in every four students drops out before they finish high school. That’s one drop-out every 26 seconds, or more than one million students annually, according to State Farm’s statistics.

For black and Latino students, the likelihood of graduating is closer to one in two, with the graduation rate at less than 65 percent.

Locally, the rate for all Galt students is higher, with about 86 percent graduating high school.

The national organization Alliance for Excellent Education and State Farm Insurance seek to boost the nation’s economy by improving high school graduation rates through pledge drives like the one held last month in Galt.

State Farm representatives also went to McCaffrey Middle School, where students were invited to enter writing, art and video contests on the topic. Winners won yearbooks and gift cards.

Like Liberty Ranch students, they were also invited during their lunch period to write their names of slips of paper pledging to stay in school and enter them into a raffle.

Contact reporter Jennifer Bonnett at jenniferb@lodinews.com.

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