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Istrouma "Initiative" looks to boost school's academic achievement


POSTED: Monday, October 3, 2011 - 6:36pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, October 4, 2011 - 5:00am

Istrouma High is a school that struggles to meet minimum academic standards. A new plan, though, is in the works to change all that. It's called the "Istrouma School Zone Initiative".  It wants to help kids at the school in all parts of their lives. Morgan Stewart works for Entergy and helped craft the initiative, "Our goal is to increase graduation at Istrouma and help all these wonderful children and students have a great quality of life, be able to focus on graduation, look at their futures from the postion of success."

But Stewart says the program goes beyond the classroom, " We're gonna be doing things like weatherizing homes, help any parents with bill payment assistance. We will work to make sure  the students  will have a great curriculum."

This initiative is being impemented and paid for through the collaboration of businesses, as well as educational and governmental organizations. Istrouma student Tori Frost loves the direction this initiative is taking her school and her fellow students, 'It's a good idea to get them to realize that graduation is important. College is important. Your future is more important."

East Baton Rouge Parish Superintedent John  Dilworth  knows it's going  to take students, like Tori, to work hard to make this initiative a success, "As wonderful as this collaboration is, it means nothing if you don't have the work ethic and the will to make sure you're successful in life."

This is a work ethic that Tori  says Istrouma students have, "Istrouma High School  students have high expectations in themselves and they have high belief in everything they do." 

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This will be a game changer for the community - great job Entergy and Exxon!!!

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