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August 6, 2007

Albany -- Listen to this alarming statistic - nearly 40% of Georgia's high school freshmen will not be enrolled by their senior year.

But some local businesses are taking a stand to stop the high dropout rate, and you can help them out.

Communities in Schools, along with local restaurants, are taking part in the Dine Out for Kids fundraiser. The proceeds earned from donations will go to help at-risk, Dougherty County students stay in school.

"We're involved in schools from elementary on up. What we're doing today is taking cash donations. Tomorrow we're going to be donating 15% of our sales to the CIS program," said Bob Merritt of CiCi's Pizza.

There are 6 other Albany restaurants, including CiCi's Pizza on Old Dawson Road, participating in tomorrow's fundraiser.

A percentage of earnings from those locations, along with donations, will go to the CIS program.

The participating restaurants include:

-Captain D's 1902 East Oglethorpe

-McDonald's 1632 East Oglethorpe Blvd., 1103 S. Slappey Blvd., 2448 N. Slappey Blvd., 2615    Dawson Rd.

-Cici's Pizza 2800 Old Dawson Rd.: Near Winn Dixie

-The Crow Bar 717E N. Westover Blvd.

-Rooster's - BREAKFAST ONLY

-Papa John's 717E North Westover

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