"Recovery Walk" Encourages Drop-Outs to Enroll In School

by Diane Tuazon
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - For a group of about 100 volunteers scattered all through out Midland County, knocking door to door was their way of showing how much they cared.

"We want them to find out what's really going in with students and how we can help as a district and community," Deborah Acosta with the Midland Independent School District, said.

"It shows the community how important education is to us and how much we care about the students," Recovery Walk Volunteer, Melissa Horner, said.

The 2nd Annual Recovery Walk had volunteers knocking on doors of students who have not been enrolled in school, and get them back into the swing of things.

"It really has everything to do with economy and society; and it's all about breaking those cycles and go behind that," M.I.S.D. Superintendent, Dr. Sylvester Perez, said.

After just a couple of hours, the turnout was a success.

"We had 18 on our list and we found all 18 of them. The majority of them were enrolled in private schools, and a majority went back to their home country," Joanna Rowley with M.I.S.D., said.

"Almost all of ours students are enrolled in schools, just different districts, so no drop outs," Horner said.
     
M.I.S.D volunteers say knocking on student's doors was worth the effort.

"I had one lady hug me and say we're amazing for doing this and that it's good to know we're looking for these kids," Rowley said.

For Midland teachers and volunteers, every kid they can get to enroll back in school is a sign of improvement in the community.