Volunteers sought to prevent dropouts

Volunteers are being sought to help encourage local youths to return to school.
Operation KEYS, or Keeping Every Youth in School, is a walk held in the community that targets students who have not enrolled in the new school year. The walk is held every fall and is a partnership between the Corpus Christi Independent School District and the Diocese of Corpus Christi.
In the nine years that Operation KEYS has been in action the graduation rate in CCISD has increased from 74.8 percent in 2007 to 83.6 percent in 2015. Each year approximately 200 kids return to school with the help of Operation KEYS and its volunteers.
“It is a great way to build partnerships, become aware of the community you live in, and encourage students to return to school. It is rewarding and the youth in our community are worth it. It is a great feeling to let someone know you care and a great feeling to them to know that someone cares,” said Marci Fisher, high school completion coordinator.
The ninth annual Operation KEYS will start at Moody High School at 9 a.m. Sept. 10. For more questions contact Fisher at 361-878-7386, 361-510-3248 or Marci.Fisher@ccisd.us.

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