HOUSTON - Feb. 1, 2013 - Spring ISD Virtual School’s Project Tomorrow celebrated its first anniversary in January. Since its inception a year ago, the dropout recovery program has served about 100 students.
“The students truly know that we care about them as individuals. Their stories touch our lives, and we do indeed care about their tomorrows today,” said Dr. Rebecca Long, Project Tomorrow program coordinator.
The program began with three students. Within a few of weeks, due to an aggressive publicity campaign, which included word of mouth, neighborhood walks, campus fliers, posters in local businesses and billboards scattered throughout the district, more than 30 students had enrolled. Now the program serves 79 students with a number of others on a waiting list.
To date, 10 former students who had dropped out of school have completed all the state requirements to receive their high school diplomas at no financial cost to them personally. The program has been made possible through an Online Learning for Dropout Recovery Grant that was awarded by the Texas Virtual School Network. In addition, students who wanted to participate in their campuses’ graduation ceremonies received caps and gowns donated by Josten’s.
“We are like an extended family to many of these students, and we are thrilled when they reach their first goal – a high school diploma,” Long said.
Project Tomorrow benefits don’t stop when a student receives the coveted diploma. The Virtual School staff continues to provide career counseling, college registration help, personal recommendation letters, and other assistance as the need arises.
For more information about Project Tomorrow, including eligibility qualifications, specific information on how the program works and an online application form, go to project2.springisd.org or call 281-891-6223.