La Joya ISD is on a mission to recruit students who have chosen to dropout of school.

Once a year, groups of educators literally take to the streets in search of these students in hopes of persuading them to get back on track to their education.

To help with the task, the LJISD Dropout Prevention Department organizes an annual “Community Walk” where (for two days) over 60 employees go out looking for leavers – students who (at one point) came to school but then stopped coming.

The teams of social workers, counselors, police officers, and central office personnel, drive out to homes to personally speak to leavers and convince them to enroll back in school – that same day.

“Everyone in the district is working towards one common goal – which is to bring every leaver back to school!” added Mrs. Bertha Perez, Dropout Prevention Coordinator.

Participants begin their routes Friday the 18th and Monday the 21st at 9 am armed with files, maps, and addresses, and work tirelessly throughout the day, seeking out students to register. Middle and High Schools, on their end, have representatives waiting to receive the students at their home campuses and get them enrolled.

When transportation is an issue, the La Joya ISD Police Officers step in – ready to transport those students to and from school. Thus allowing a greater window of opportunity in retrieving the maximum number of students possible.

Working to remove barriers to increase student graduation. Just another way La Joya ISD is transforming lives and our community.