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Prosser ranks among best cities for young people

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PROSSER, WA-Prosser has ranked among the top 100 best communities for young people.

More than 700 students, teachers, and community representatives packed Housel Middle School Wednesday morning to hear America's Promise Alliance make the announcement.

Lisa Schmitt is a parent in Prosser who wrote the application that convinced the committee to recognize the community for its dedication to reducing the high school drop-out rate and developing after school programs.

Schmitt cited the school board's inclusion of student representatives, and the formation of a boys and girls club.

"There was so much community collaboration, business owners, the education sector, government all came together too make sure there was something here that was positive for kids," Schmitt says. "And it happened really quickly. We raised the money in about seven months."

Prosser will receive $2,500 from America's Promise Alliance. Educators and community leaders say the grant most likely will be invested in another student program.