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DCSS looking for mentors, sponsors for REACH Program

The Dougherty County School System is looking for mentors and sponsors for the REACH program. (Source: WALB) The Dougherty County School System is looking for mentors and sponsors for the REACH program. (Source: WALB)
J.D. Sumner is the contact person if you are interested in helping with the program. (Source: WALB) J.D. Sumner is the contact person if you are interested in helping with the program. (Source: WALB)
DOUGHERTY CO., GA (WALB) -

Dougherty County School Officials are looking for community mentors and sponsors for middle school students. 

It's part of Governor Nathan Deal's REACH program. 

For the second year, Dougherty County will be a part of the program. 

The system is working on identifying five eighth graders who show academic potential but may need an extra push to get there. 

The students may be the first in their family that will go to college. 

They school system is looking to partner with companies and individuals who want to help mentor the students. 

"Our studies show that the group that is more likely to drop out is middle school students that are going into high school," explained DCSS Spokesperson J.D. Sumner. "So that's really why we are taking a look at this and working with the state to help lower those numbers."

If students complete the program they will be eligible for a $10,000 scholarship if they choose to go to a Georgia state school or technical college. 

If you are interested in mentoring, you can contact Sumner by email

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