Drop out rates have dropped in Pitt County Schools since 2007 and school leaders say it's thanks in a large part to "Project Success" and "Project Equal," which were introduced in Pitt County that year.
Devinder Culver, Community Project Coordinator says the programs help with suspensions classified as category one offenses, such a disruptive in class or uniform infractions. "They're able to go to classes so they don't fall behind so it's a win win all around because they are not out on the streets and they are still in school."
In exchange for taking part in the program, the students must perform community service.
Culver says parents with kids who are category one offenders can choose to have their children take part in "Project Equal," or they can take the out of school suspension as usual.