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Watch LIVE: American Graduate Day 2014 to highlight efforts to boost graduation rates

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What does it take to ensure a child succeeds in school and makes it to high school graduation? There may be as many answers to the question as there are students.

On Saturday, PBS is dedicating the day to telling the stories of local leaders, teachers, students and others who are finding those answers in schools across the country everyday.

One of those local leaders is Samir Madden, a University of Arizona student who is also president of the International Child Amputee Network.

An amputee himself, Madden tells other kids who might face bullying and isolation, “You’re different, but that’s OK. It’s great that you’re different because you’re contributing.”

In the tiny town of Cody, Nebraska, community members came up with an unorthodox solution to draw more students into their schools. A student-built grocery store that helps attract and keep families in town.

Check your local PBS listings for Saturday’s American Graduate Day programming, hosted by PBS NewsHour Weekend anchor Hari Sreenivasan. Or, check back on this blog post during the day for a live stream of the seven-hour broadcast.

PBS NewsHour education coverage is part of American Graduate: Let’s Make it Happena public media initiative made possible by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

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