Lubbock ISD and volunteers participate in third "Expectation Graduation Walk"

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Updated: 9/15/2012 11:28 pm
The weekend is not always about sleeping in, especially for volunteers who were up and at 'em Saturday morning for the third annual "expectation Graduation Walk".

"Sometimes people feel like they just can't overcome the obstacles in front of them, so we're going to knock on the doors we're going to go visit with them, we have lots of ways for students to complete their high school education, and we want them back," Lubbock ISD Superintendent Karen Garza said.

For many of the volunteers, this is not their first year helping out. Garza said it's not just an experience for the students.

"I think that's why they're willing to come out and do it again, because it is such a satisfying experience to help even one student turn their life around," Garza said.

"We get so sheltered in our everyday life that we don't really realize the difficulties that some people are experiencing," said high school counselor Lea Ann Brown. "And to be able to go out there, it's almost like you are going on a mission trip you know, bringing people in. So it's really exciting."

Roger Escobedo is one student of many who ran into a few bumps in the road.

"The TAKS test was really hard. I could pass everything except the math," Escobedo said. "So I was like, I'm tired, I'm going to go to an easier school. I decided to go to Liberty. I graduated from there, but it was a non-credited school. So when I tried joining the military they were like, 'not happening.'"

Roger's mother Sally Elias said volunteers showing up on students' doorsteps lets them know that they are worth it.

"These kids need someone to believe in them," Elias said. "They need someone to say, 'you can do this'. You are going to make it."

Garza said they have expanded their mission this year. They are not only talking to those who have dropped out, but are also stopping by the houses of students whose attendance has recently dropped.
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