Graduation Walk


On August 23, Des Moines Public Schools, United Way of Central Iowa, and corporate sponsor Wells Fargo are holding the sixth annual Graduation Walk. This year's event has been moved to August, in order to reach students who are behind in class credits and at risk of dropping out. Visits to the homes of these students can offer encouragement to start the school year and to continue their education.

You'll be part of a team of community volunteers and school staff who will go to the homes of students who have dropped out of Des Moines Public Schools or who are at risk of dropping out because of lack of credits. You will connect with the student and family and provide an opportunity to re-enroll.

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 .

Check back next June for the 2015 date and sign up!