Members of the faith-based and business communities came together in Pitt County Wednesday morning to raise awareness and support for two dropout prevention programs.
Pitt County School officials say Twilight Academy and Project Equal are helping to keep kids in school. Those two programs are funded through grants that will run out, and that's why they're asking the public for help by sponsoring a child in these programs.
Pitt County Schools Superintendent Dr. Beverly Reep says while there was a 25% reduction in dropout rates from 2009 to 2010, she says their goal is to reduce the number of dropouts by 50 percent in the next 5 years.
The dropout rate in North Carolina fell significantly last year, some of the lowest numbers ever recorded for 9th to 12th grades.