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Toppenish School District Picked For Dropout Prevention Grant

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TOPPENISH, Wash.- State leaders are handing out two million dollars in grants to help cut down the number of dropouts. Fifteen school districts in the state were picked to receive grant money and among the list is the Toppenish School District.

We're told the grant is in the ballpark of $125,000. It's a two year grant, called the 'Building Bridges' grant. The goal is use the money to create partnerships in the schools, families and the community to help keep kids in school until they graduate. Studies show dropouts are more likely to get pregnant, get involved with drugs and alcohol, and suffer from mental health issues. State education officials says this grant money is going to help provide the Toppenish School District with resources to keep kids away from those types of life decisions.

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