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Class of '68 and LCHS Foundation help students get diplomas

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To the editor:

The LCHS graduating class of 1968 recently celebrated its 45th reunion. Many class members got back together for a two-day celebration. But more important, we found a way to give back, too. Together, we can help students get their high school diplomas.

We all know times and situations have changed over the years, and many young people drop out of high school for various reasons, but the LCHS Truancy Alternative Optional Education Program, or TAOEP, works directly with students who are at risk of not graduating. At-risk students often face combinations of economic, emotional and educational hardships that jeopardize their ability or motivation to achieve the credits necessary for a high school diploma. This LCHS program's goal is to provide resources and services to at-risk students and remove barriers that would keep them from receiving high school diplomas.

Some of these services include providing online classes and summer school to help students make up lost credits, providing materials and supplies that the student cannot afford for classes, providing basics like winter coats, tennis shoes and school physicals. Other services include tutoring, mentoring, transportation, assistance in finding child care, and referrals for counseling and for assistance with the court system.

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Funds contributed for TAOEP purposes are distributed by the LCHS Foundation, which is governed by individuals from the community.

We urge others to find ways to help. Giving our contribution was made more poignant as the LCHS Class of 1968 learned that more than 40 homeless students are enrolled at LCHS.

We encourage other graduating classes to raise funds for this purpose at their reunions. A simple line on the invitation asking for a donation to the LCHS TAOEP fund could help a student get that diploma, too!

Class of 1968 Reunion Committee
Mary Baker Rousey, treasurer

[Posted September 04, 2013]

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