GRADUATION MATTERS BILLINGS UPDATE
Get Involved in Graduation Matters Montana
Over 10,000 children and their parents are expected at Saturday Live, September 29th at Pioneer Park. As a community partner, we wanted you to know Graduation Matters Billings will be present with a booth in order to raise public awareness concerning the high school dropout rate. You and your team are invited to stop by between 10 a.m. to 4p.m. Saturday as we empower students and their parents to graduate with I Pledge to Graduate cards and wristbands. State Superintendent of the Office of Public Instruction, Denise Juneau, will also be there with a GRADUATION MATTERS MONTANA table next to ours.
Did you know that in Montana there are over 2,000 students who drop out of high school every year? That’s five students a day! In Billings, that’s about 237 students who drop out annually. We are working to confront the dropout rate and improve educational opportunities for all students by launching Graduation Matters Billings. Dropouts are more likely than high school graduates to be in poor health, living in poverty, on public assistance and single parents to children who also drop out of high school.
What Graduation Matters Billings is doing to improve the dropout rate locally
We have learned a lot about the drop out issues in our community by looking at school data. Now, we want to conduct listening sessions and learn the stories behind the numbers. We plan to interview former dropout students, students at risk, parents, teachers, principals, GED students and others. This will allow us to identify specific goals and actions for Graduation Matters.
TO LEARN MORE ABOUT WHAT YOU CAN DO, PLEASE VISIT THE GRADUATION MATTERS MONTANA WEBSITE. www.graduationmatters.mt.gov
For more information on the work of Graduation Matters Billings, please call United Way of Yellowstone County at 252-3839, ext 32