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'Reconnect to Graduate' goes door to door


Volunteers in Waterloo are preparing to bring dropouts back to school, one by one.

"All my children dropped out of school. I think their sophomore year," Janice Nolting, volunteer.

For volunteer, Janice Nolting this hits close to home, but she has a success story to tell.

"My son has two masters. My daughter went to college," said Nolting.

So, Nolting is preparing along with several other volunteers to hit the streets of Waterloo Saturday morning and bring others back to school.

Volunteers will be going door to door. They have a list of more than 100 high school dropouts, between the ages of 16 to 21. They plan to visit with them and try to convince them to go back to school.

"If I can get one or two at least back into alternative school, to me this would be really something, really good," said Nolting.

Ellen Vanderloo, with the Waterloo Schools, started this initiative. She saw it work in Des Moines and wanted to bring it to the Waterloo community.

"We think school is important and we want to encourage them to graduate and get their diplomas," Ellen Vanderloo. "We will be having information about various alternative programs we will have available that can help them to get their diplomas."

Vanderloo hopes they have good conversations on Saturday with these former students about their opportunities.

As for Nolting, she hopes to be able to offer hope for parents.

"If they are having difficulties with their teenagers just hold on because it will pass. It passes, it's a phase," said Nolting.

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