As a freshman in high school, Jason Summey had a dream of every one of his fellow students graduating with him, without a single dropout, so he launched his "Be Cool — Stay In School" program. He's written a book by that title that gives over 100 reasons why kids should finish school. Members of his Dropout Patrol are committed to helping their fellow students stay in school. He has gained support from teachers, upperclassmen and local businesspeople.
Jason was motivated because Erwin High School had one of the highest dropout rates in the state of North Carolina. The first year, only one freshman dropped out, and just a handful since. With results like that, other kids and schools around the country are starting similar programs. This is tremendously exciting because now the parents, teachers, students and local businesspeople are all involved in solving a major problem. Lack of education handicaps a young person in a demanding, fast-changing technological society.
Jason has appeared on Robert Schuller's "Hour of Power" and has endorsements and recognition from the political and business communities and many of the local TV programs — and some national ones. His peers around the country are writing, asking questions and saying thank you.
It's exciting to see the good kids getting the recognition they deserve. Today, fast-food restaurants, automobile dealerships, grocery stores, styling salons, etc. are giving members of the Dropout Patrol discounts, recognition and encouragement when they trade with them. Yes, Jason Summey has something to smile about. His activities are helping countless young people also have something to smile about — for the rest of their lives.
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