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Step Up Campaign Launches at Washington Place

Posted on | September 4, 2009 | Comments Off

Photo on the left, Tammi Chun, Pat Hamamoto, M.R.C. Greenwood, Liz Chun and photo on the right Waialua High School students

Photo on the left, Tammi Chun, Pat Hamamoto, M.R.C. Greenwood, Liz Chun and photo on the right Waialua High School students

Waialua High School ninth graders committed themselves to graduating from high school ready for a career or college during an event at Washington Place in August to kick off Hawaiʻi’s Step Up Campaign. The Step Up Campaign encourages businesses, community organizations and individuals to support a more rigorous curriculum for high school students.

At the center of this campaign is the Board of Education Step Up Diploma, the BOE recognition diploma for those graduating in 2013 and beyond. Hawaiʻi P-20’s goal is to enroll 75 percent of incoming public school freshmen statewide to pledge to earn this diploma, and to sign up 100 local businesses and community organizations as Step Up supporters by December.

"As these students ’step up’ to the challenge of earning the BOE Step Up Diploma, it shows their commitment to using their high school years to prepare themselves for more choices in life whether they decide to work, join a training or apprenticeship program or enroll in college after high school," says Tammi Chun, Hawai&#699i P-20 executive director. "This movement is required now more than ever, with recent statistics citing Hawaiʻi’s need to encourage students to pursue a more rigorous high school course of study to better prepare them for success in career or college."

Read the news release.

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