COUNCIL BLUFFS (KPTM)- Step by step, Council Bluffs students took to the street Monday to send a message that they're taking the right steps in school, sticking with it, and working towards graduation.
"There's always a couple students in every class that don't do their work and don't seem to care about school. I'm hoping programs like this will help students realize they need to care a little bit more," said Thomas Jefferson High School student, Anthony Maron.
He's one of more than 50 walkers that are in a group called iJAG, which stands for Iowa Jobs for America's Students. 25 schools across the state participated in the 2nd annual state-wide walk to bring awareness to the group.
It targets at risk students to keep graduation rates up, and drop out rates down. Council Bluffs' graduation rate has risen to 79% over the last 7 years. Some credit groups like iJAG for the rise.
"It's given me motivation, values, and let me really know myself," said 8th grader Jillian Conway.
Council Bluffs students walked several miles to Bayliss Park, in groups from Thomas Jefferson High School, Wilson Middle School, and Abraham Lincoln High School.
The mayor and several state and city leaders were also on site to offer motivation.
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