One Middle Georgia school district kicks off the year with some extra money in its wallet. Tuesday AT&T presented the Dodge County Board of Education with $100,000.
The money is part of the companies "Aspire Initiative" and it's the final installment of a $400,000 grant to help support at-risk ninth graders. The money has been used to improve high school retention rates among Dodge County students.
"We feel like it's really helped us keep a lot of students in school that would have potentially dropped out simply because they had already been unsuccessful in middle school. When they came to high school our teachers were able to take them in and give them some TLC," said Susan Logan, Dodge County High Principal.
"It's important to us to be able to support those kinds of initiatives that help students achieve and help them become successful employees in the future and being involved in the community," said Terry Smith, Director of External Affairs for AT&T.
AT&T committed $100 million to schools and non-profit organizations around the country that are focused on high school retention.