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Volunteers go door-to-door to get students back in school

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

It was a different kind of door-to-door campaign in Waterloo on Saturday -- one with people on a mission to get kids back in school.

More than 70 volunteers participated in the Waterloo Community School District's "Reconnect to Graduate" program, where people attempted to make contact with more than 130 students who haven't returned to school this Fall.

"We want to talk to young people. We want to talk to their parents and just really find out why they haven't been coming to school," said Coordinator Ellen Vanderloo.

One of the volunteers, Nancy Barrett, understands the importance of a diploma firsthand because she almost didn't earn one.

Barrett said she stopped going to high school after she got pregnant and married.

She said a former teacher, Mr. Fitzgerald, called her and convinced her to come back.

"Someone came to me and took the time to tell me that I needed to go back to school, and that's what I want to pay back to the community," she said.

This is the third year for the volunteer program.

The district reports more than 70 students have come back to school as a result of the "Reconnect to Graduate" program.

"What makes it worth it for me is to see one student walk across that stage and get that diploma. That's what makes it totally worth it for me," said Vanderloo.

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