On Friday, Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild joined more than 100 volunteers and Tucson Unified School District (TUSD) staff members for the district’s 9th Steps to Success walk.
During the walk, teams knock on doors of students who dropped out or are at risk of dropping out and urge them to come back to school. Volunteers are paired with staff members who have information on what the student needs to graduate and the various options available to him or her.
In kicking off the event, TUSD School Superintendent Dr. Gabriel Trujillo reminded everyone that, “These aren’t bad kids,” just kids who were making poor decisions.
Mayor Rothschild emphasized the importance of engaging with the students, because failing to graduate from high school puts many good jobs out of reach.
Participants included the mayor, Dr. Trujillo, TUSD Board Member Adelita Grijalva, Tucson Ward 3 City Council Member Paul Durham, Pima County Superintendent of Schools Dustin Williams, members of the Tucson Fire Department, the Tucson Police Department, and the Pima County Sheriff’s Department, University of Arizona gymnasts, and many other community leaders.