I applaud Superintendent Michael Hanson of Fresno Unified School District for not only the district’s accomplishment of a graduation rate of 82 percent, but more importantly, a push to increase that rate.
By supporting kids academically through to graduation, we are helping them tackle the cycle of poverty, and move on to healthier, more productive and successful lives.
But Mayor Ashley Swearengin’s urging of parents to volunteer is not enough – parents need help. We need our school districts and the state to further invest in programs with proven results like the Men & Women’s Alliance and the University of California San Francisco Fresno Doctor’s Academy. These efforts provide much-needed academic support, opportunity, mentorship and counseling for disadvantaged youth.
With these types of programs, every child gets a chance at a healthy, successful life.
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Soniya Mehra, Fresno