School administrators walk streets of Saginaw with mission - WNEM TV 5

School administrators walk streets of Saginaw with mission

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

Saginaw schools have fallen on hard times, but teachers and administrators still believe in their mission.

They took that message to the streets on Thursday, wanting to spread the word that Saginaw schools are still a great place to learn.

Dr. Carlton Jenkins, superintendent of Saginaw schools, went knocking on doors in the community to reassure residents that the Saginaw school system is on the rise.

"We've been averaging over 97 percent of our children filling out their college applications and getting accepted," Jenkins said.

Secretaries, teachers and bus drivers participated in the third annual Walk for Success outing. 

"When you care are about a kid's education, you can do anything," said Eric Gordon, principal at Arthur Eddy Academy.

He said the event lets the community know about the advantages of sending their kid to a Saginaw school.

"We have the technology, the teachers, so many things other districts do not have to offer," Gordon said.

Jenkins said he's walked through neighborhoods during each of the last three years, but this year, the message takes on heightened importance. 

"We wanted to have exponential success. This is a part of it reaching out to people, letting them know what we're doing," Jenkins said. "We've gone line by line looking at things we can merge and consolidate."

Residents said they're happy. They're looking forward to the upcoming school year. 

"It's going to be a great school year. They seem to really care about the kids," Markeyla Brooks said.

Jenkins said it's all in a day's work.

"It's not just about thinking one thing could work. We really try to do a variety of things," he said.

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