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The Choice Bus Visits Alcorn County

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The Mattie C. Stewart Foundation in Birmingham, Alabama, was created to help educators, community leaders, and other interested groups reduce the dropout rate and increase the graduation rate through the creation of relevant and effective tools and resources.

The Choice Bus is an experience-based learning tool designed to show young people the power of education, as well as the likely consequences of choosing to drop out of school.  It contains a full scale replica of a prison cell which is hidden behind a curtain and a flat screen television.  Upon entering the bus, a four-minute movie will quiz the audience on the earning potential of a drop-out versus a high school and college graduate.  The movie also features several powerful testimonials from people who regret dropping out-prison inmates.  When the  movie is finished, the cell is revealed demonstrating the stark reality experienced by many dropouts.  Students are then invited into the prison cell to briefly experience the uncomfortable living conditions.  As students exit the bus, they receive a pledge card and are asked to make a commitment to finish school and make good choices.

On behalf of the Alcorn School District, I would like to thank State Farm Insurance Company for sponsoring this event and for bringing the Choice Bus to our school district for two days.  The Bus will be located on the ACTC Campus on September 9th from 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. and then will be on the ACMS/ACHS campus on September 10th from 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Van Carpenter, ASD Dropout Prevention Coordinator

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