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Be There: Students pledge to graduate in four years

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

High school graduation is a day that teens and their parents dream about, but according to the National Center for Education Statistics, about 25% of students throughout the country will not graduate in four years.

"[It is] Planting that seed into that student's mind before they graduate. No excuses. We are going to do the right thing. We are going to handle ourselves in the right way in the hallways and classrooms. We are going to work hard, study hard, and be successful," said Michael Barden.

 Shaw High School Principal Michael Barden says this is the second year they've had the event "Raider to Graduate." It is when freshman students sign a pledge to graduate on time.

"It is our way to get the freshmen class to come in and they can start getting that mind-set that they are going to graduate in 2016. That is their ultimate goal," said Barden

For freshmen Kennedie Osbon and Chance Harris, it is an encouragement to see that their teachers care this much about their future.

"They are always trying to make you do your best, always telling you, you are really good at something, just really supportive of what you do and of your decision," said Osbon.

Harris says strong support from his parents makes him want to work hard for his future.

"My parents are pretty strict, and they want the best for me and my little brother for us to graduate from high school and get into a good college. And, have a successful career when we get older," said Harris.

Barden says one thing all students, not just freshmen, need to remember that making it to graduation depends on having a good attitude.

"You have to be positive. You have to believe in yourself, and you have to want it. That's just what we expect from our students," said Barden.

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