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Program wants celebs to help reduce dropout rate

RICHMOND, Ky. (AP) - Eastern Kentucky University and the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame are coming together to help reduce the high school dropout rate in the region.

The program they are working on is called "Stars Over Appalachia," and the hope is to get celebrities from all entertainment genres to adopt schools, then work with administrators and teachers to find ways to convince students to stay in school.

EKU's Paula Wilder, who is one of seven EKU staff members who give support to local school systems, said she is working with the executive director of the Hall of Fame to get the program off the ground.

Most of the celebrities being sought grew up in the region or live there now.

The Kentucky Country Music Hall of Fame is about 30 miles from Richmond in Renfro Valley.

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