EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSCabell Fighting To Curb Dropout Rate
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Reported by: Dan Matics
Web Producer: Heath Harrison
Reported: Sep. 22, 2013 9:23 PM EDT
Updated: Sep. 22, 2013 10:29 PM EDT
Huntington , Cabell County , West Virginia
One group in Cabell County is hard at work trying to fix a problem plaguing a lot of West Virginia schools.
One woman said dropping out sent her on a path of destruction.
Hanna Faulk will be the first to tell you that she has had a rough life. She said she is sleeping on the streets right now.
“Just wherever we can find a place and the cops don’t kick us out," she said.
Faulk became homeless soon after dropping out of high school in 2006, a decision she said she regrets every day.
“If had gone and got an education, I would have made it so I could at least get a job or even a degree," she said.
As she fights to find a home, Education Matters in Cabell County is fighting just as hard to prevent similar cases to Faulk's.
"80 percent of dropouts will go to prison,” Sara Blevins, of the United Way, said. “95 percent won’t be covered by health insurance."
Teen pregnancy, lack of parent engagement, poor academic performance and low income are a few of the leading causes high school students drop out.
The group coordinates several organizations to fight the dropping out of some 100 high school students Cabell faces every year.
At a conference earlier this week, school officials, after school program members,
West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources personnel and law enforcement broke into several different committees.
The goal was to mentor at-risk kids from an early age, provide support and get to know their families.
Faulk said it is good to see action.
"It's wonderful news,” she said. “Kids need to think life is hard, but you don’t want to be here.”
A simple lesson was offered from one woman who has learned the hard way.
"Think,” Faulk said. “Think about your future. Think about what you're doing."
If you have dropped out, and are looking to complete your high school diploma, Education Matters through the United Way has more information on how to get your GED..
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