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Education initiative eyes 100 percent graduation
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The state has been granted a waiver from No Child Left Behind, but Warren County officials don’t want to relinquish the dream of 100 percent graduation.That’s why the Chamber of Commerce Education Committee has launched a new local initiative called 100 Percent Graduation is Warren County’s Business. The goal is to have every student in Warren County achieve a high school diploma.Education Committee members say expecting less than 100 percent opens the door for some students to think it’s OK not to graduate.They point to statistics which show:• If just 1 percent of our food was poisoned, 3 million people would die each year.• If just 1 percent of our prescriptions were wrong, 34 million people would have been given the wrong medication in 2007.• If we didn’t have electricity just 1 percent of the time, we would be without power 14 minutes each day.“We shouldn’t think 99 percent is good enough,” said Motlow McMinnville director Melody Edmonds, “because we can see where 1 percent does matter.”To help accomplish the goal of 100 percent graduation, the Education Committee is exploring a variety of strategies.Kindergarten students will be asked to make a graduation pledge.Money will be spent for yards signs to place around the community, and posters to hang in area businesses which promote 100 percent graduation.Homework folders will be purchased for students to help parents stay better informed about their child’s school work.Information will be distributed periodically with local electric bills.Three businesses have agreed to partner with the Education Committee to promote 100 percent graduation on a portion of their billboards.