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School system earns grant for drop-out prevention
School system earns grant for drop-out prevention

FULTON COUNTY, Ga. -- The Wilbur and Hilda Glenn Family Foundation has given Fulton County Schools a $500,000 grant to increase graduation numbers and curb the drop-out rate.

The money will help the school system with its five-year plan to raise the graduation rate to 90 percent, according to superintendent Dr. Robert Avossa.

"In order to reach our aggressive but attainable strategic plan goals, we need support from the philanthropic community," Avossa said. "We are very excited to collaborate with so many partner organizations and are grateful to the Glenn Family Foundation for its belief in the work that we are doing."

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The Atlanta-based foundation was excited to provide Fulton County with a grant.

"We were very impressed by Fulton County Schools' strategic plan initiatives," foundation chairman Tom Glenn said in a statement. "After meeting Superintendent Avossa and hearing his vision for how to achieve real and systemic change, we felt confident in the direction the district is headed. We want to be a part of supporting students with the greatest needs."

System officials are taking an A-B-C approach to reducing the drop-out rate. They are focusing on Attendance, Behavior and Course options in the classroom.

Truancy and after-school programs also keep students accountable for attendance and emotionally invested in their lessons.

About 95,000 students are enrolled in Fulton County's public schools.