Graduation Walk (Formerly known as Reach Out to Dropouts)
On Saturday, September 21, 2013, Des Moines Public Schools, United Way of Central Iowa, and corporate partner Wells Fargo and Company are holding the fifth annual Graduation Walk. Teams of community volunteers and school district staff will go door-to-door to homes of high school students who have dropped out of Des Moines Public Schools or who are at risk of dropping out because of lack of credits.
200 community volunteers are needed to join School District Staff as "Door-to-Door Walkers" on Saturday, September 21 from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Each team will include School District Staff and 2 community volunteers. Each team will be assigned to 6-10home visits. During visits you will obtain information about why the student has not returned to school, provide resource information to assist students with any obstacles they may encounter in their return to school and verify school information.
A one-hour training is required of all new volunteers, and a variety of times and dates are available to fit almost any schedule. Returning volunteers are required to view a webinar and will be provided further instructions after registration. Volunteers will need a t-shirt in order to attend the walk which will be handed out at the training. Additionally, all volunteers must agree to a Sex Offender Registry check as well as provide proof of identity (drivers license) at training and on the day of the walk .