AT&T Awards La Crosse Boys And Girls Club With $15,000

A national company is helping area students in succeed in the classroom. Today, AT&T awarded the La Crosse Boys and Girls Club with a $15,000 check to launch a new graduation program. Fox 25/48's Noelle Anderson has the latest from La Crosse.

It may still be summer for students here at the La Crosse Boys and Girls Club, but come September, a brand-new program will be implemented to help students get what they need to succeed in the classroom.

Thanks to AT&T the Boys and Girls Club is able to launch a new graduation program meant to keep more teens on track to graduate.

In the last five years, 134 high school students have dropped out of the La Crosse school district, 92% of those students were seniors who were only one year away from graduation.

Emphasizing academics, and making sure the kids do graduate and do get the quality education that they need, makes a club like this work.

State representative Ron Kind -- who used to attend the club as a kid -- says having one on one help from mentors will make a difference.

"This program emphasizes mentorship too. Older students that partner with younger students that kind of show them the way, to help them if they might be having some difficulty. It's got a proven success, this program like other around the state and around the country."

Andriel Morgan will be a junior this fall. She says the program will help take away the added stress the school year can sometimes bring.

"They just have somebody there. Every week you don't have to be stressed out about having seven different subjects and I have to get all of these projects done and study for tests. You'll have that person right there that can help you out during the session."

Club directors say community support is what keeps the club running.

"They say it takes a village to raise kids and that’s what we're doing. It takes a school district, it takes social workers it takes organizations like AT&T to come together and say we really believe in this and we want to help kids give them that support so they can succeed. Because every kid can."

In La Crosse, Noelle Anderson, Fox 25/48 news at Nine. 

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