Film series talks about concerns over education

WILLSBORO-In the midst of a fight over funding for education, the president of College For Every Student took time to examine the plight of low-income students with the help of the Champlain Valley Film Society.

Herbert F. "Rick" Dalton introduced the documentary, "Waiting For Superman" to an audience at Willsboro Central School March 19 as part of the Film Society's movie series.

"This topic will determine our place in history," Dalton said. "How do we deal with kids in low-income situations and how do we help them find a place in this world and workforce. I believe that college is the key."

Dalton said that CFES currently works with students in 150 schools in 22 states, totaling over 15,000 students.

Dalton said that he appreciated the documentary because it dealt with the situation in a real way.

"With a documentary, we're dealing with not illusion, but reality," Dalton said. "Like all movies, there are some good guys in this film and there are some demons as well. What we want to do is get people to pay attention to the low income students and make sure that they get to college."

Dalton said that the biggest thing that any student needs is a chance.

"The difference between a graduate and a drop out is not a building or materials, it's opportunity," Dalton said.

After the movie, Dalton and Willsboro Central School Superintendent Stephen Broadwell talked with those who attended the film.

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