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SWFL American Graduate Champions

American Graduate Champions are individuals who dedicate their time, talent, and resources to prepare students of all ages for success. The Champions are role models whose stories inspire others to take action.

WGCU produced video profiles of three local American Graduate Champions: 

Linda McDonald, Coordinator, Buehler Family Foundation Enabling Garden, Naples Botanical Garden


Sarah Owen, President and CEO, Southwest Florida Community Foundation


Mandie Rainwater, Teacher and PBS Learning Media Digital Innovator


Every year 1 million kids drop out of high school nationwide. WGCU Public Media is one of more than 80 public media stations around the country that are working with their communities to change this statistic.

American Graduate Day will be broadcast on WGCU HD from noon to 4 pm on Saturday, October 3.

It showcases communities, educators and champions from across the nation who are committed to tackling the nation’s dropout crisis and helping more students achieve a high school diploma. These efforts include early childhood education, afterschool programs, re-engagement programs for drop outs and much more, tailored to each community’s needs.

The public media initiative, American Graduate: Let's Make It Happen, is helping communities across America identify and implement solutions to address the high school dropout crisis and help students succeed. Made possible by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the multi-year campaign is designed to raise awareness and dialogue through national and local multiplatform programming. WGCU’s American Graduate Champions video profiles were made possible by a grant from WNET, creator of American Graduate Day.


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