Fighting High School Dropout Rates

By Kelly McCarthy

Fighting High School Dropout Rates

December 15, 2012 Updated Dec 16, 2012 at 12:48 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Binghamton High School students got a little extra motivation to make sure they graduate.

Students put on the "American Graduate" event to raise awareness on student dropout rates.

The event was organized in three parts.

There was a panelist discussion that talks about the issues, tables with after graduation opportunities, and a 3-on-3 basketball tournament to raise money.

All in efforts to keep the at-risk students at Binghamton High School motivated for their future.

"The panelists that will be speaking, many of them are seniors who are formally at-risk and kind of defied the odds to graduate, so I think hearing their stories will inspire a lot of other students," said BHS English teacher Emily Buss.

The event was organized voluntarily by her 10th grade English class.

WSKG Public Broadcasting sponsored American Graduate: Let's Make It Happen BHS Community Event.

Staff trained students in use of social media to help promote the event.

"We just want to provide kids with as much motivation and as many options as possible to want to strive towards graduating," said Buss.

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