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WSRE Launches Local “American Graduate” Campaign

Last Updated by Mary Riker on

Recognition event scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 2 at Pace Center for Girls

PENSACOLA, Fla., August 28, 2015 –WSRE, PBS for the Gulf Coast, has joined the national American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen initiative in support of community-based solutions to the high school dropout crisis. American Graduate uses the power and reach of public media to help communities across America improve graduation rates as well as college and career preparedness. The overall goal is to reach a national graduation rate of 90 percent by 2020.
WSRE is launching the campaign locally with the broadcast of three American Graduate “Stories of Champions” spots and recognition events celebrating individuals who provide support, advice and intervention services to at-risk students, families and schools. On Wednesday, Sept. 2 at 8:45 a.m., WSRE will visit Pace Center for Girls to recognize teachers and staff for their work in helping students achieve, succeed and graduate.

Selected for the “Stories of Champions” spots are Susan Byram, Autism Pensacola president and CEO; Laurie Rogers, Pace Center for Girls executive director with Lisa Armstead, Pace Center for Girls teacher; and Jennifer Ponson of Pensacola State College, SkillsUSA regional coordinator. Their stories will air on WSRE throughout September, leading up to a day-long “American Graduate Day” broadcast from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 3.

The national “American Graduate Day” broadcast will focus on the critical themes of career readiness and college completion, caring and consistent adults, dropout prevention and reengagement, early education, more and better learning, special needs communities and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) by spotlighting people and programs in communities across America who are making a difference.

Supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, more than 100 public radio and television stations, including WSRE, have joined forces with over 1,400 partners and at-risk schools across 40 states in the American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen campaign.

Media Relations Contact:
Mary Riker