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Group wants to get kids in school, keep them there

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By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

January 5, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Some Dougherty County leaders are working to get kids in school and keep them there. It's part of project SHIELD, which stands for Sharing Humanly Intelligent Educational Livable Decisions.

The group is made up of city, county, school board and housing authority officials. They want to tackle truancy head on.

Beginning this week, they plan to meet with parents of students at Turner Elementary who have more than the allowed amount of unexcused absences from school. They want to work with the entire family to help students succeed and finish school.

Velvet Riggins said, "Take one family at a time and work with that family each individual time and make that family improve. If we improve one family's lifestyle, their ideal of what the world is, we've done our job."

Muarlene Edwards said, "Our role is to keep students in the school house and out of the jailhouse."

Meetings with students and parents take place on a voluntary basis.

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