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Watauga County Granted $84,000 Grant for Dropout Prevention of Pregnant and Parenting Teens PDF Print
Written by Adam Hicks   
Friday, 08 January 2010 05:34

The NC Department of Public Instruction Dropout Prevention Committee has awarded $84,000 to the Children’s Council of Watauga County’s Pregnant and Parenting Teens Support Program.


State Senator Steve Goss and NC Representative Cullie Tarleton made the announcement yesterday afternoon.

Tarleton said the funds will primarily be used to hire a social worker who will be trained in Parents as Teachers curriculum and provide intensive support for pregnant and parenting teens in Watauga County to help them staying or returning to school.

Tarleton said, “This program helps us reach young people who may otherwise never graduate from high school.  We already have too many students who have chosen that path and made their lives more difficult. I hope that this project and others like it will help us catch some of those who are headed the wrong way.”

Goss said, “Keeping our kids in school is the best way to get our economy back on track for the long-term.  Programs such as these are exactly the type of proactive approach that we need to be taking to ensure that our kids are getting the education they need and deserve.”

The Dropout Prevention Grant program was created in 2007 and has reportedly awarded more than 200 small grants worth a total of $34 million over the past three years.


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