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Stimulus funds provide for freshman program

By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Incoming Dougherty County ninth graders can get a jumpstart on high school this summer.   For the first time, incoming freshmen can attend their new school for a summer bridge program.

The goal is to capture the attention of the students early since freshmen have the highest failure and dropout rates.

"If students are successful in making it through that 9th grade year, it increases the probability that they will graduate within four years," said Dougherty Co. Curriculum Director Dianne Daniels.

The Ninth Grade Bridge program is June 8th through 19th. Breakfast and lunch will be provided, and there is no charge. Also for the first time, high school students attending summer school won't be charged. It will be paid for by Stimulus funds.

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