Steps to Success brings high school dropouts back to the classroom

Opening the door to a better future
Knocking on doors in the Steps to Success program. (Source: Tucson News Now)
Knocking on doors in the Steps to Success program. (Source: Tucson News Now)

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - They're hoping to open the door to a brighter future. When opportunity knocks, do you answer?

David Gonzales did.

"I wasn't really expecting that whatsoever," he was surprised to see city and school officials on his doorstep Friday morning.

"You're clearly a bright kid. I can just tell how you articulate," Mayor Jonathan Rothschild said to him, as he stood there - listening intently.

The 18-year-old recently dropped out of high school and wasn't sure sure if he'd go back.

"A year came by and I finally got into Palo Verde again. I was trying to get that year back that I missed, but I just couldn't do it."

That was until that visit from the Mayor of Tucson and the TUSD Superintendent, Dr. Gabriel Trujillo. "If you're not successful the first time, you go seek the resources you need for the second," Trujillo explained - as the reasoning for his visit.

Mayor Rothschild and Dr. Trujillo were just a couple of the volunteers that hit the streets, hoping to get high school kids back in the classroom.

They wanted Daniel to join the hundreds of others who hit the books again with the Steps to Success program.

Gonzales promised to give school another shot. He felt incredibly cared about just because they popped in to check on him.

For students like Daniel, who say they'll make the return, TUSD will be following up with them in the next few weeks in hopes they actually do.

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