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New initiative to get students back in school

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - One group is getting ready to try and convince dropout students to once again open their school books. 

The training is going on right now for volunteers who will soon be hitting the pavement in their 'Steps for Success' program. Volunteers as well as the Mayor of Tucson will be begin trying to convince more than 450 drop outs to come back to school.  

According to Tucson Unified School District the graduation rate in 2012 was just above 78 percent, from age 18 to 65 each Tucson area dropout costs the community nearly $383,000 a result of lower earnings, more welfare, health care and crime.  

Today's door to door knocks will be about letting them know there are programs and resources within the district to help them graduate.  

In fact today, a temporary TUSD office will open at Catalina High School for them to get counseling on their options. 

"It's a mindset of we're going to find you and help you and let you know we have these resources as opposed to saying well we have this stuff but no one takes advantage of it," said TUSD Superintendent HT Sanchez. 

No other volunteers are needed right now, once training is finished this morning they will start their 'steps to success' walk around 9 a.m.

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