Juneau Travels to Hometown for Graduation Matters Browning Kickoff


Thursday, January 31, 2013
By Allyson Hagen
406-444-3160

Juneau Travels to Hometown for Graduation Matters Browning Kickoff
Nearly 1,800 K-12 Students to Take the Pledge to Graduate

Browning, MT – On Thursday, January 31, Browning Public Schools will kick off their Graduation Matters Browning initiative with drumming, dancing, singing and remarks by local Tribal leaders, school leaders, students and Superintendent Denise Juneau.

Browning High School received a Graduation Matters Challenge Fund grant for $5,000 from the Office of Public Instruction to launch a community-based effort to increase their graduation rate and ensure students graduate prepared for college and careers. The Office of Public Instruction was awarded $450,000 over three years from the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation to support community-based Graduation Matters initiatives.

The Browning School District set a goal of reducing its dropout rate by 25 percent. Graduation Matters Browning is using its Challenge Fund grant to convene community and school stakeholders and develop a dropout prevention plan that engages Tribal leaders, families, students, businesses and the school district. The Challenge Fund is also being used to raise the profile of Graduation Matters Browning and the importance of education.

WHO:  Students from Kindergarten through high school, school leaders, community leaders, and Superintendent Denise Juneau (more than 1,800 participants)

WHAT:  The Graduation Matters Browning launch will begin with drumming, dancing and singers. Students will hear from Tribal leaders, school leaders, student speakers and Superintendent Juneau, a Browning High School graduate. Students will also take the pledge to graduate.

WHERE:  Browning High School Gymnasium, 105 Highway 89, Browning, MT

WHEN:  1:00 pm – 2:30 pm, Thursday, January 31, 2013

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