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Kennewick Educators to Drop in on Drop Outs

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KENNEWICK, Wash. -For teenagers who won't go to school, the school is about to go to them.

Volunteers and educators in the Kennewick School District Friday plan to knock on the doors of more than 70 students who've dropped out.

Their mission will be to convince the students to return to school this fall.

Lorraine Cooper, the school district communications director, says the home visitors will explain to the teenagers that a high school diploma is far more beneficial than passing the General Education Development Test.

"A GED just doesn't cut it these days," Cooper says. "We need to let them know it's important for them to get that high school diploma."

The home visitors will tell the teenagers they don't necessarily have to return to their high school. When educators went door-to-door last year, Cooper says they convinced several students to enroll at the Columbia Basin College High School Academy, a curriculum geared to students who need only a few credits to earn their diploma.