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Go HARD Dropout Prevention Pilot Program Sets Dates for Spring Break Tour

by Patrice Guilfoyle, APR, Director of Communications | Mar 08, 2013


For Immediate Release: March 8, 2013

WHO: The Mississippi Department of Education’s Office of Dropout Prevention and Compulsory School Attendance Enforcement will be hosting the Go HARD Spring Break Tour March 8-16. The public is invited to attend and support this initiative to increase the graduation rate and decrease the dropout rate in Mississippi.  The event will include information about the importance of staying in school, activities, music, speakers, food and prizes.

WHAT: Go HARD, a youth-led movement, focuses on supporting and encouraging middle and high school youth in the state to stay in school and graduate. By acknowledging the strengths of teenagers – their Heart, Attitude, Resilience and Dedication (HARD) – the campaign strives to increase graduation rates throughout the state, starting with 13 school districts participating in this pilot program.

WHEN AND WHERE: The Go HARD Spring Break Tour will be in the following locations:

Friday, March 8

5-7:30 p.m.      Laurel Public Schools (in front of high school)

Saturday, March 9         

1-3 p.m.           Hinds County/Hinds AHS (Raymond High School/Raymond Gym)

Monday, March 11                                             

10 a.m. - noon       Columbus School District (TBD)

2 - 4 p.m.          West Point School District (Marshall Park/Community Center)

6- 9 p.m.           Lee County School District (Shannon High School/Shannon Gym)

Tuesday, March 12                                             

11 a.m. – 2 p.m.       Tunica County School District (Rosa Fort High School/Rosa Fort Gym)

5:30 - 8:30 p.m.            North Panola School District (Softball Field)

Wednesday, March 13                                    

11 a.m. – 2 p.m.          Indianola School District (BB King Museum)

5:30 PM - 8:00 PM            Yazoo City School District (Yazoo City High School/Gymnasium)

Thursday, March 14                                          

11 a.m. - 2 p.m.         McComb School District (Practice Field/Gymnasium)

Friday, March 15, 2013                                  

11 a.m. – 2 p.m.         Kemper County School District (TBD)     

Saturday, March 16, 2013            

Noon – 3 p.m.        Jackson Public Schools   (Jackson Zoo)


CONTACT: For more information on the events, contact Toni Kersh or Damian Thomas with the Office of Dropout Prevention and Compulsory School Attendance Enforcement at (601) 359-3178.

Office of Communications     P.O. Box 771     Jackson, MS 39205-0771     Phone: (601) 359-3515     Fax: (601) 359-3033

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