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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
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
Class of 1968 Reunion Committee
Mary Baker Rousey, treasurer
September 04, 2013]
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