The Communities in Schools Dallas Region, which fights illiteracy and school dropouts at 61 area campuses, reports "stunning accomplishments" for the 2007-08 academic year.
Of 10,085 students categorized as at-risk (bright but underachieving):
•97 percent stayed in school.
•89 percent improved in academics, behavior or attendance.
•95 percent of eligible seniors graduated.
The results were announced at the eighth annual Kids Come First Gala for the nonprofit agency.
Now supporters are making plans to expand its programs to serve additional students.
"Today, anywhere from one-fifth to one-third of all high school children drop out of school, which is tantamount to a national epidemic," said Barbara Crow, honorary chairwoman of the gala.
The gala has raised more than $1.75 million for at-risk children in this area.
Communities in Schools Dallas Region was founded in 1985 to address high school dropouts in 10 school districts in six counties.
Major underwriters for the gala were:
$50,000: Exxon Mobil Corp.
$30,000: Capital One.
$25,000: Alon USA.
$10,000: Barbara Hunt Crow and Turner Construction.
$3,500: Ernst & Young.
$2,500: Guaranty Bank, Ebby Halliday, Rebecca Murphy, Mr. and Mrs. Peter Huff, Carolyn Loy, Nick and Amy Meindl, Robert and Cindy Pou and Rod and Ginger Sager.
Other contributors included the T.C. Lupton Jr. Family Foundation , Mr. and Mrs. Guy Griffeth, Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Butt, Mrs. Robert W. Ryan Jr., Marie Diaz, Mr. and Mrs. Charles R. Gibbs, Anne S. Reeder, Mr. and Mrs. Gary L. Corona and Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Osborne.
For more information, call Vicki LaRoe at 214-827-0955, Ext. 235, or e-mail Vickil@cisdallas.org.