From dropout to graduate with help from 'Steps to Success'

From dropout to graduate with help from 'Steps to Success'
(Source: Tucson News Now)
(Source: Tucson News Now)

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Among the thousands of students graduating from high schools in the Tucson Unified School District on Wednesday night, are some who d ropped out, or were close to d ropping out but were brought back with the help of "steps to success." 

A total of 16 students at various high schools including Project MORE, Pueblo, Rincon, Palo Verde, Catalina and Saguaro High Schools are graduating this year.

Tucson Unified School District officials, and volunteers spent time knocking on the doors of students who has d ropped out, in hopes of bringing them back to school. 

Officials and volunteers knocked on hundreds of doors last December, including the door of Julian Herrera. 

Herrera moved from Pueblo High School to Tucson High Magnet School before d ropping out for personal reasons. He was not home when officials came knocking, but it was enough to get him back to school. 

He started at Project More High School in January. He graduated Wednesday afternoon with 16 classmates. 

"It didn't hit me until like maybe two hours ago, maybe an hour ago. And I got that feeling inside. Words can't explain how happy I am right now. I'm very happy," Herrera said. 

He said this is a day he thought would never come for him. 

"They welcomed me with open arms. I thought I was going to get my GED but thanks to steps to success I came here," said Herrera. " And here I am right now."

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