Marietta, Osborne High Get $200,000 to Fight Dropouts

Communities in Schools of Marietta/Cobb is the only Georgia organization to share in $10 million to help stem the high school dropout crisis. The contribution will provide a site coordinator in the 9th grade at Marietta and Osborne High Schools.

At a presentation event on Tuesday, Sept. 25, Communities in Schools of Marietta/Cobb County (CISMCC) was presented with a $200,000 AT&T Aspire contribution to support and extend CISMCC’s onsite coordinators. 

The AT&T Aspire contribution will provide a site coordinator in the 9th grade at both Marietta High School and Osborne High School. The site coordinators will work with 9th graders and their families to help remove the non-academic barriers to the student’s success in school. 

“This opportunity that is being afforded Communities in Schools of Marietta/Cobb County through the AT&T Aspire Grant is very important to help students make a successful transition to high school with goals for a bright future,” said Carol Fey, Executive Director of CISMCC.

“We look forward to working with both school systems and AT&T to offer this opportunity to those students who may face a struggle with their transition from middle to high school. CIS of Marietta/Cobb County truly appreciates AT&T’s vision to help alleviate those hurdles by supporting the CIS Dropout Prevention Model.”

In the United States, one student drops out of school every 26 seconds.  Nationally, students from low-income families drop out at a rate four times higher than students from higher income families. 

“AT&T is making a significant commitment to the development of our future workforce by providing support for a documented model that increases the number of students graduating from high school,” said Dr. Emily Lembeck, Superintendent of Marietta City Schools. 

“Marietta City Schools especially appreciates the opportunity provided by AT&T and CIS to better address the sometimes overwhelming academic and social needs of students who are at a high risk for failure in the ninth grade.  In fact, it can easily be said that AT&T is a great corporate partner in supporting a critical school system goal.”

Through a competitive process, 47 schools and non-profits, including CISMCC, were selected from thousands nationwide. 

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Pam J October 01, 2012 at 01:46 PM
I graduated from Osborne in 1971. I have lived in this area my whole life and it is disheartening to see the degression of the school and the area around it. I think it's great that someone is trying to keep these kids in school, but it starts with the parents. If they don't care, it's likely that the kids won't care. And I think they made a mistake when they started high school with the ninth grade. If they had kept the ninth grade in middle school (or junior high like it was called once upon a time), I think those kids would be able to adjust better. Heck, one of the high schools (can't remember which one) actually built a whole separate building for the ninth graders. I think they need to go back to what actually worked.
Hard October 01, 2012 at 07:29 PM
"Nationally, students from low-income families drop out at a rate four times higher than students from higher income families." Not surprising since single motherhood is the quickest path to poverty. Many of these kids are born with 2 strikes against them. It's a vicious cycle encouraged by a poitical party to maintain a bloc of uneducated, dependent, reliable voters who breed more of the same. Sad.
Robbie Huck October 02, 2012 at 12:57 PM
three cheers for AT&T and the teams at the schools working to inspire our children.


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