Yesterday I told you about “The Hunt: 11 Days Of Doing” from DoSomething.org, the nation’s largest organization for teens and social change, in partnership with Lenovo, the world’s second largest PC maker who helped found the campaign last year, and Bing, the search engine from Microsoft. You can check in each day here for the list of challenges, which are released at 11:11 AM EST on the web, through email, and text until the close of the campaign on July 20. Each challenge takes less than an hour to complete. Feel free to join in. It’s not too late!
DAY 9: EDUCATION
Challenge 1: Search for “NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL DROP OUT RATES” on Bing to find a stat about how many people are leaving school. Raise awareness by sharing the stat to your social networks.
Challenge 2: Collect school supplies to donate to your local Staples store. (Keep in mind, the supplies don’t have to brand spankin’ new, but try not donate anything you wouldn’t use.)
ULTRA bonus: Teach a senior citizen how to set up and use an email account.
Today’s challenges are all about education, which is a subject very dear to my heart since I am an elementary school librarian. I’ve seen students I’ve worked with when they were in kindergarten graduate from high school, and I have to tell you that there is a great feeling in knowing that they succeeded and that I had the opportunity to work alongside them in their educational journey.
According to the National Center for Education Statistics, using a study by the U. S. Department of Education (2012), the national high school drop out rate for the United States in 2010 was 7.4%. Fortunately, this number is on the decline from 1990 when the dropout rate was 12%, but it’s still disheartening. Now that I am aware of this, I’ll still continue to encourage my students to aim for graduating high school. For me, it was one of the proudest moments of my life and every student deserves that chance.
Now that you know the national dropout rate for high school students according to this study, does this number surprise you?
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