Reach out to stop dropouts-- that was the goal of a conference Friday in Greenville.
Pitt County Schools, along with WITN's Heather King, and over 100 other groups, came out for a kick-off ceremony to launch a community dropout prevention campaign.
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction says that over 88,000 students dropped out of high school statewide last year with over 1,800 students dropping out in Pitt County.
The goal of the campaign is to find ways for businesses, faith-based, and civic groups to assist the school system in preventing students from dropping out.
Research shows that high school dropouts earn significantly less money over their lifetimes and are much more likely to commit a crime than students who graduate.