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Thousands of New York City students pledge to graduate high school

NEW YORK — The tutorial year has began with a promise at Brooklyn Collegiate High School in Brownsville and at round 200 faculties citywide, the place 1000’s of students made a pledge to graduate from high school and make a optimistic change of their neighborhood. 

For the handfuls of faculties taking part in “I WILL GRADUATE” pledge day, Monday kicked off the beginning of a six-week program that goals to assist students keep on observe by means of the challenges they might face in school. 

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Monday is pledge day for “I Will Graduate” program

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“It gives you the drive to go to college, the drive to do your work and stay committed to school,” says twelfth grader Tori-Ann Reid.

I WILL GRADUATE President Sanchez Tuitt mentioned the six-week program provides students a transparent path for fulfillment as they strategy their commencement. 

“We are pretty much laying out a roadmap, a plan for them to get back on track,” he informed CBS2’s Hannah Kliger on Monday.


“I Will Graduate”: President Sanchez Tuitt on taking the pledge

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At Brooklyn Collegiate High School, leaders from the group hosted a full of life pep rally on the third day of school, with the objective of grabbing and retaining students’ consideration. 

“September is the best time to do this kind of work because we are setting goals for the future, for this year. For young people, it’s always good to set long-term goals, but it’s also really important to set short-term goals as well,” mentioned Principal Heather Newman.

Around the town, leaders at I WILL GRADUATE say 55,000 students from seventh to twelfth grade are anticipated to make the promise to themselves and their neighborhood.

“We have tons of opportunities for them to learn how to develop themselves and how to set goals and how to be focused towards their visions and their dreams,” mentioned government director and co-founder Tonya Lewis-Taylor.


“I Will Graduate” documentary coming quickly

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Inspired by these efforts, students on the rally mentioned they’re aiming high.

“My personal goal is to at least have enough money so I could buy my mom a house and to be able to provide for my whole family when I get older,” mentioned twelfth grader Jandel Munoz.

“I wanted to become a music producer,” senior Lee Maximin added. “So they taught me how to DJ and make music, so that was a good experience for me.”

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On Oct. 3, at 10 a.m., a documentary in regards to the making of I WILL GRADUATE will stream completely on CBS News New York. 

On Oct. 24, I WILL GRADUATE is internet hosting its annual celebration of education at Barclays Center, the place it expects round 13,000 students from throughout the town to be impressed by a star-studded lineup. 

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