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American Graduate Day Studies for Success

September 5, 2012

Improving graduation rates among American high school students will be the focus of a seven-hour block of programming on Milwaukee Public Television's World digital channel (MPTV 10.2/ Time Warner Channel 976) Saturday, Sept. 22, beginning at noon.

AMERICAN GRADUATE DAY will look at how national and local organizations help students stay on the path to high school graduation. The programs also will feature some of the young people they have helped.

Service groups will tell their stories on-air and invite viewers to become mentors, tutor, or provide other volunteer assistance. MPTV will provide brief taped segments that will be seen by southeastern Wisconsin viewers between some of the programs. They will feature local educators, experts, students who have dropped out, and others who have dropped out and returned to school.

The YMCA, La Raza, America's Promise Alliance, Little Kids Rock, and Girls, Inc. will be among the more than 20 national organizations profiled. Ray Suarez, Stone Phillips and several other national media figures will host the programs. The broadcast will give viewers the opportunity to call and volunteer their time, talent or other resources to dealing with the drop-out crisis.

The event also will kick off a week of AMERICAN GRADUATE-related programming on national public television beginning Sept. 24. Highlights include DROPOUT NATION, a two-hour special on FRONTLINE Sept. 25 at 9 p.m. Other stories examine a Mexican American Studies program, a poetry class in the Bronx neighborhood of New York, the experiences of high school principals and other subjects.

AMERICAN GRADUATE DAY is part of a public media initiative funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting called American Graduate: Let's Make It Happen.