Encouraging Students To Stay In School

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A problem school systems have faced for years.

More than 100 students at Williamstown's three public schools are about to get support aimed at keeping them in the classroom.

It's part of a program through Americorps and the Education Alliance.

The alliance brings in business leaders, partnering with educators, to improve school systems and their students.

"Those students are identified as being at-risk of dropping out," says Dr. Amelia Courts, the alliance's president and CEO, "and the mentor is assigned to work with those students, to provide a positive mentor or role model, to show that student they have potential , that they can succeed, to build those positive assets in them through mentoring."

Youngsters considered at-risk include students who routinely miss school days.

Dr. Courts says a retired businessman has agreed to help out with the local mentoring program.

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