The national high school dropout rate has dropped nearly 5% in the last 20 years! Not too shabby. It's still looming at a surprisingly large 7% though, which is a lot when you consider the fact that over 20 out of a graduating class size of 300 people don't complete high school.

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My Experience: How I was almost part of the National High School Dropout Rate

Many of you will be surprised to learn that I almost dropped out of high school and became just another part of that national high school dropout rate. It was back when I was 16, after my life briefly went to hell for a little while and I lost all sight of why I was even bothering with the whole thing. Ya know, one of those oh-so-dramatic teen angst periods. The full extent of my high school plans were, “Get in, get out. Go to UCLA (somehow, with a below-C average). See how it goes from there.” Sooo it's not entirely surprising that I lost my motivation after some severe personal setbacks, and when it came time for school everyday I just…sort of…stopped going. I didn't see the point. What it took for me to get back on track was a dramatic change of scenery: a move to California, new home, new friends, and intervention from some really kick-ass mentors. I also got involved in a couple community service efforts that helped give me a little perspective. Studies have shown that schools with service learning projects have increased retention, and a lower ratio of students to counselors leads to stronger mentoring and decreased national high school dropout rates.

Learning about the National High School Dropout Rate through The Hunt

How do I know all these random facts? DoSomething.org has partnered with Lenovo, the world’s second largest PC maker who helped found the campaign last year, and Bing, the search engine from Microsoft, to launch “The Hunt: 11 Days of Doing” through July 20. Each day DoSomething.org releases three challenges  at 11:11 Am EST on the web, text, and and email for people to complete. All of the challenges take no longer than an hour. One of today's challenges was simple: “Search for ‘NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL DROP OUT RATES' on Bing to find the stat about student drop out rates. Raise awareness by having every team member share the stat on their Facebook.

How do you feel about the national high school dropout rate?

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