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September 16th, 2010
07:19 AM ET

Denzel Washington pushes for students' success.

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Academy Award winning actor Denzel Washington wants to help fix our schools by focusing on reducing the growing problem of high school dropouts across the nation.  Washington is the spokesman for Boys and Girls Club's new program, “Be Great: Graduate," to help students complete grade levels and graduate on time.   He spent many of his childhood years at a Boys and Girls Club.   He spoke with CNN's Tony Harris along with Mona Dixon, the 2010-2011 National Youth of the Year on Wednesday.

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  1. Dan

    Great, just what we need, another actor "curing" our ailing education system.
    Again, until PARENTS (especially fathers) get more involved in their children's lives, and encourage their children to do well in school, parents get involved themselves at their children's schools, etc, then Mr. Washington can "help" all he wants until he is blue in the face, and it won't do any good.
    For the record, I have a daughter who is a senior and son who is 6th grade, and I am very involved with their education.

    September 16, 2010 at 8:18 am |
  2. Mitch Leff

    Dan, the goal of this new Boys & Girls Clubs of America program is to supplement what kids are learning from their parents and from their schools, not replace the schools.

    In addition to the critical influence of home and school, the nonschool hours, including weekends and summers as well as after school, represent a significant chance to influence lives. BGCA is focusing on this largely untapped opportunity, in partnership with schools and parents, to help our most vulnerable students value education.

    BGCA is trying to raise awareness of this issue, and to encourage other parents to be as active as you are.

    We already have evidence to show that kids attending Boys & Girls Clubs graduate at a rate much higher than the national average. That shows that it's possible if schools, parents and community organizations work in partnership.

    September 17, 2010 at 7:28 am |