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Toppenish Schools Go Virtual

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TOPPENISH, WA -  In Toppenish there are students who aren't going to school because they have to work for their family or just don't feel accepted in the classroom. 

That is why teachers are reaching out to kids in a new way, through the computer.

"Our goal was to save the kids who may have fallen through the cracks," says John Cerna, Assistant Superintendent of the Toppenish School District 

It is called C.A.T.S, Computer Academics for Toppenish Schools.  A non-profit organization has given the district the funding to launch this project.

Students age 8 to 21 registar for free and take classes from home, which are similar to classes in other Toppenish schools.

Students will be visited at home every two weeks by a teacher. It's not just Toppenish students that can apply for the program, it is anyone in the valley.

"That's where it is at, it's helping these students and helping people achieve their potential," says Tony Rodriguez, a C.A.T.S instructor.