"Operation Outreach" Credited For Students Returning To School

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POSTED: Saturday, September 10, 2011 - 6:21pm

UPDATED: Sunday, September 11, 2011 - 4:30am

EL PASO - Some local high school dropouts got a surprise visit from Mayor John Cook this morning.

Mayor Cook and EPISD officials stopped by their homes to encourage them to go back to school. It's called "Operation Outreach" and it takes place every year.

Mayor Cook says it's all about connecting with the high school dropouts and letting them know how important their education is.

"If you deliver that message, they'll come back to school. Most of them just have one or two semesters left, but they're giving up. We have to find out why they're giving up, remove that obstacle and get them to come back," Mayor Cook said.

We spoke with one dropout Mayor Cook visited. He says he dropped out of school earlier this year because he needed to work, but now he plans to go back and finish high school.

"They make me feel good because they let me know that they care about me," Mario Gardea said.

The EPISD credits "Operation Outreach" for hundreds of students returning to school over the last three years.

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More dropouts and more deadheads we have to support.

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