ALBANY, GA (WALB) – Westover High School freshman make a commitment to stay in school.
342 freshman gathered in the auditorium to make a commitment to graduate in four years. Superintendent Dr. Joshua Murfree challenged them to complete school and ask for help if they face obstacles. Graduation Coaches say they want students to know someone is rooting for them to succeed.
"We have a lot of students who drop out of school, don't have anywhere to go and don't have anyone behind them to motivate them to push them to want to do better and want to go ahead and finish high school," said Yolanda Skinner, Westover Graduation Coach.
Students all made a pledge to graduate and signed a graduation robe to seal the commitment. Dougherty County Schools' graduation rate has improved nearly 15 percent over the last three years.