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Say Yes program earning high marks


Some parents in Buffalo Public School District believe Say Yes Buffalo is helping more students achieve. Say Yes offers tuition to college for city school students, making college achievable for many who previously would not have been able to afford it.

"Say Yes is the catalyst to get you where you want to go," said  Burgard parent Gayla Thompson. She believes Say Yes opens vistas for students which weren't there before, like the prospect of a four-year degree.

Dorothy Gray has three children in city schools, including a rising fifth grader in Martin Luther King. Gray says it isn't just the scholarships for college but also the services available in the buildings whether after-school programs or the cash which made summer school possible.

"It makes a great difference for those that are getting ready to go to college and they do a lot for the community. So, we have a Say Yes person in our building and she does excellent work," Gray said.

This the end of the second year of Say Yes, with a second class getting ready for college in the fall and the first class finishing its first college year.

Mike Desmond is one of Western New York’s most experienced reporters, having spent nearly a half-century covering the region for newspapers, television stations and public radio. He has been with WBFO and its predecessor, WNED-AM, since 1988. As a reporter for WBFO, he has covered literally thousands of stories involving education, science, business, the environment and many other issues. Mike has been a long-time theater reviewer for a variety of publications and was formerly a part-time reporter for The New York Times.