EDINBURG – For five weeks, Edinburg CISD staff went door-to-door through Edinburg neighborhoods as part of Project Gateway 2017 and recently released figures showed their efforts were successful at recruiting students to report back to school.

At the start of the 2017-2018 school year, there were 817 students who had not registered for classes. Project Gateway’s recruitment efforts helped to locate nearly 70 percent or 567 of those students to return to school.

“Our goal as educators in our Edinburg community is to educate every child, to find every child, and bring them back here to our schools,” said ECISD Superintendent Dr. René Gutiérrez, who initiated Project Gateway in January 2010.

"We make an all-out effort as a school district to get a group of our employees to go out and visit and find out the reasons these children have not come and registered in our schools,” Gutiérrez said.

During the project, the District’s Parental Involvement Assistants actively searched for the students, making 3,926 phone calls and conducting 2,438 home visits.

This year, the Parental Involvement Assistants teamed up with the District’s migrant recruiters to also help identify migrant students to encourage them to come back to school and to make sure that they are up to date with credits for graduation.

“We want to make sure that migrant students are aware of all of the services that are available to them, including, clothing, school supplies and several academic resources,” ECISD Parental Involvement Department Supervisor Sandra Rodriguez said.

For more information on migrant student services, call ECISD Migrant Program Coordinator Patricio Escamilla at (956) 289-2300, ext. 2103.