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"American Graduate Day" on PBS to Feature CIS of Nevada

By Communities In Schools Sept. 23, 2014

Arlington, Va. –American Graduate Day 2014 returns this fall for its third consecutive year. Wes Moore, best-selling author and U.S. Army veteran, will host the all-day broadcast that premieres Saturday, September 27 on PBS stations across the country.  The local Las Vegas PBS station was chosen as one of four PBS stations to provide a live, national, seven-minute remote focusing on a specific area related to high school dropout prevention.  The Vegas PBS segment will feature Dave Wilson, former principal of Chaparral High School who was instrumental in the high school’s turnaround success; Jennifer Lopardo,Communities In Schools of Nevada on-site coordinator; and Jessica Sanchez, a Chaparral High School student. The live remote will be featured between 5 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. ET in a section focusing on “Career Readiness and College Completion.”

Broadcast and streamed live from the Tisch WNET Studios at Lincoln Center in New York City, the annual multiplatform event is part of the public media initiative, American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen. This program, provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, is intended to help communities bolster graduation rates through the power and reach of local public media stations. Featuring seven hours of national and local programming, live interviews and performances, American Graduate Day 2014 will recognize the exceptional work of individuals and groups across the country that have been designated as “American Graduate Champions.” The Champions will be honored for helping local youth to stay on track for college and career successes.  

“We are thrilled to be working with American Graduate Day and PBS on a television event that highlights our mission of keeping students in school and on a successful course for the future,” said Diane Fearon, CEO of Communities In Schools of Nevada. “We are excited to share one of our local success stories in hopes it inspires everyone to become a part of changing the picture of education.”

This year’s topics are scheduled to include Early Education, Caring Consistent Adults, More and Better Learning, Special Needs Communities, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art/Design and Math) Programs, Dropout Prevention and Re-Engagement and College and Career Readiness. 

Viewers will also be invited to participate in the discussion via Twitter using the #AmGrad hashtag and on Facebook. Viewers and online users who are interested in connecting with local organizations and youth as American Graduate Champions can send a text on the day of broadcast or log on to to find out more about the national and regional organizations and how to help in their hometowns.  Visit the American Graduate Day Web site for more details on participating PBS and NPR stations as well as other television and radio programs:


About CIS of Nevada

Communities In Schools of Nevada is the local affiliate of the nation’s largest and most effective organization dedicated to keeping kids in school and helping them succeed in life. Working with both schools and the surrounding community, Communities In Schools of Nevada does whatever it takes to help kids stay in school and succeed in life.  Based directly inside schools, Communities In Schools of Nevada connects students and their families to basic and critical educational and community-based resources, tailored to each student’s specific needs. Operating in 43 school sites in Southern Nevada, Western Nevada and Northeastern Nevada, Communities In Schools of Nevada serves over 44,000 students. 

About American Graduate

American Graduate: Let's Make it Happen was launched in 2011 with 25 public media stations in communities where the high school dropout rate was high in order to spotlight this crisis and focus on middle and high school student interventions. Today, more than 80 public radio and television stations in over 30 states have partnered with over 1000 community organizations and schools, as well as Alma and Colin Powell's America's Promise Alliance, Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University School of Education, Alliance for Excellent Education, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Newman’s Own Foundation to help the nation achieve a 90 percent graduation by 2020. 

About Communities In Schools

Communities In Schools (CIS) is the nation’s largest organization dedicated to empowering at-risk students to stay in school and on a path to a brighter future. Working directly inside more than 2,300 schools across the country, we connect kids to caring adults and community resources designed to help them succeed. We do whatever it takes to ensure that all kids—regardless of the challenges they may face—have what they need to realize their potential.