The Commitment to Graduate ceremony has been held for the past three years at Summers County High School to encourage continued education in Pre-K and Kindergarten students.
The Commitment to Graduate Program was implemented three years ago to address the growing drop-out rate among students in the county.
Kari Vicars, Principal for Summers County High School, said they aim to decrease high school drop out rates with these ceremonies.
“1 in 4 students will drop out of high school, that’s a nationwide statistic and we recognize that that starts in elementary school the habits that they start developing in elementary school and what will carry them on and indicate how they’re going to do in high school,” Vicars said.
Almost 200 pre-k and kindergarten students were encouraged to make the promise to stay in school and graduate. Parents and teachers were also there to show their support.
Larry Ayers said he showed up to support his son because he means a lot to him.
“It’s my little boy, so I wanted to be here and if he can stick to it that’d be really awesome,” Ayers said.
Administrators and parents say this program is an important part of making sure the class of 2030 and 2031 are full of happy and successful members of the Summers County community.