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Dine Out; Help South Cobb Area Dropouts

Dine out at participating Cobb restaurants to help prevent drop-outs at area high schools.

Cobb residents will have the opportunity this to dine out to help dropouts.

About a third of all Georgia high school students fail to finish high school in four years, with the state graduation rate at 67.4 percent. That number is even lower for South Cobb area high schools. In 2011, just 56 percent of South Cobb and of Pebblebrook students graduated in four years.

From Monday to Thursday this week, Cobb residents can support at-risk students in our community during Communities in Schools Marietta/Cobb County's Dine Out For Kids.

Participating restaurants will donate a portion of their proceeds to the nonprofit organization. Money raised will allow Communities in Schools to continue providing after-school, youth leadership, parent education and other important programs.

This will help prevent drop-outs and prepare students to succeed in school and plan for college and careers. For a list of participating restaurants or to print the flyer to give to your server, visit cismcc.org.

With less than half of South Cobb students and Pebblebrook students graduating in four years, do you think there is a problem with South Cobb schools? In addition to Dine Out week, what more can be done? Tell us below in the comments.

Chris Roberts August 21, 2012 at 02:13 PM
"About a third– 67.4 percent–of all Georgia high school students fail to finish high school in four years." May want to fix that math error especially since this is a report about dropping out of school. That number should be (I assume) 100-67.4=32.6% I'd be really interested in the numbers of actual drop outs rather than the number of kids that don't finish in 4 years. That's a bit misleading. (I'm not saying you did that on purpose, it may be all the data you have.)
Kiri Walton August 21, 2012 at 02:28 PM
Ahhh, thank you for catching that error. The Dine Out program was marketed as a way to help dropouts. The only statistical information available from GaDOE is the graduation rates of students who don't finish in four years. You can find it here: http://www.gadoe.org/External-Affairs-and-Policy/communications/Documents/2011%20Cohort%20Graduation%20Rate%20-%20School%20Level.xls and you can find some FAQs here: https://mail.pba.org/owa/redir.aspx?C=1ffa96423f3a4d1899e746beae81cb2f&URL=http%3a%2f%2fwww.gadoe.org%2fExternal-Affairs-and-Policy%2fcommunications%2fDocuments%2fFour-year%2520Adjusted%2520Cohort%2520High%2520School%2520Graduation%2520Rate%2520FA

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