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Choice Bus encourages students to stay in school

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Every 26 seconds a child drops out of school. It's a problematic statistic that a moving bus and its message hope to change.

The Choice Bus is dedicated to dropout prevention. East Side Memorial High School students climbed aboard Tuesday.

A jail cell is located at the back of the bus.

The reality, according to the choice bus, is 80 percent of current inmates are dropouts. An inmate also spoke to students saying the worst day of school is better than the best day in prison.

Lead presenter Chet Pennock reinforces the best option.

"Education. What you can do to help yourself. College, trade school, community college, military service. Get more education. A high school dropout will make $1 million less than any person who gets one step of education after high school," Pennock said.

State Farm teamed up with the Mattie C. Stewart Foundation to bring the bus to area schools.

The Choice Bus will be in town through the end of the week.

Nationwide more than 1.5 million students have signed the Choice Bus pledge to stay in school.

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