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Expectation Graduation - Reach Out to Dropouts Walk


Reach Out to Dropouts is a door-to-door outreach that began in a dinner conversation between former Mayor Bill White, his wife, Andrea and the former Superintendent of Houston ISD, Dr. Abe Saavedra.  Each year, when a student fails to show up to class at the beginning of the school year volunteers go door-to-door knocking at the homes of these students. The volunteers offer the encouragement and resources that these students lack to complete their high school education. This award-winning program has been followed by other cities across the country. Over the first six years of the event, the walk has brought back over 8,800 students thanks to the help of over 15,600 volunteers. The 2010 walk included nine Texas big cities, 13 small cities and 18 Houston-area school districts.


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Participating Cities:

Houston, Arlington, Corpus Christi, Dallas, El Paso, Fort Worth, Lubbock, Midland, San Antonio, Baytown, Cleveland, Dickinson, Galena Park, La Marque, Missouri City, Pasadena, Richmond, Rosenberg, South Houston, Stafford, and Sugar Land

Participating Houston-area School Districts


  • Aldine ISD
  • Alief ISD
  • Channelview ISD
  • Cleveland ISD
  • Dickinson ISD
  • Fort Bend ISD
  • Galena Park ISD
  • Goose Creek CISD
  • Houston ISD
  • Klein ISD
  • La Marque ISD
  • Lamar CISD
  • North Forest ISD
  • Sheldon ISD
  • Spring ISD
  • Spring Branch ISD
  • Stafford MSD


Founding Partners


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