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School supplies are being given out for free to Detroit students as part of a campaign to reduce dropout rates. The Spirit of Detroit statue in the city was given an "I'm In" T-shirt as part of the campaign.

School supplies are given out to Detroit students

School supplies are being given out to hundreds of Detroit students as part of a program to reduce dropout rates.

Hundreds of Detroit students will get school supplies and backpacks as part of a program to reduce dropout rates in the city's public schools.

The Back to School/Stay in School Education Day is scheduled Friday at Delores Bennett Park in Detroit's New Center area.

The program provides mentoring, tutoring, remedial assistance and incentives for maintaining regular school attendance. It's also part of the Detroit Public Schools expanded enrollment campaign.

At the end of the past school year, the district had about 70,000 students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. Detroit Schools have lost nearly 100,000 students over the past 10 years.

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