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Leaders come together to keep kids in school

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By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

January 27, 2009

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - There a new program to battle attendance problems in Dougherty County schools. Project SHIELD, which stands for Sharing Humanly Intelligent Educational Livable Decisions, is a new initiative by several local leaders to address compulsory attendance issues, reduce the number of unexcused absences and increase mandated test participation.

Sheriff Kevin Sproul said it's critical that kids attend school regularly. If they don't, they may end up in criminal activity. He said, "Those kids are very libel to join a street gang or get involved in violent activities if there's no guidance there, no leadership, no parental involvement or community involvement."

Velvet Riggins said, "The main purpose is to combat truancy, to take back our neighborhoods and to do programs for the young children in the community."

The meeting was just a meet and greet, to introduce other key community leaders to the program and ask for their help in implementing it.

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