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The Door-to-Door Student Achievement program began four years ago.

Washoe County School District officials visit with high school students at their homes, in hopes of getting them back on track to graduation.

Saturday morning, we were able to follow Governor Brian Sandoval and superintendent Pedro Martinez who made a few house calls of their own.

Governor Sandoval and Martinez talked with Sparks High student Daniel Sanchez about his dreams and career goals. Both urged the 17-year-old to finish school, and pursue a career in graphic design.

"It motivates me," says Sanchez. "Motivates me to keep on going, seeing that a lot of people want to help me."

Sanchez is just one of many students in the school district needing that same motivation and support to stay in school.

"I want our community to know that these are real kids, good kids. These are families that really care," says Martinez.

Governor Sandoval told us this was a chance for him to get out into the real world. To take a look beyond the statistics and meet these students face to face.

"As I make decisions going forward, I'm going to think about Daniel, I'm going to think about these families," he says. "And know exactly what they're going through."

As we found out, some of these families are going through quite a bit. 17-year-old Evelyn Arajo-Perez is a senior at Hug High.

She also works 40-hours per week to support her mom and brother.

"I just push myself," she says. "You have to do this, you have to graduate. I have to work."

Arajo-Perez told Martinez she sometimes thinks about quitting school and just working, but he explains how important an education is for the long-term.

"I'm just really grateful to have everybody, all these people in my life," says Arajo-Perez. "I mean, nobody else would do this."

Both students say they will continue their education, and nothing will stop them from achieving success.

"There's always going to be struggles, but you have to know how to get through them," says Sanchez.

To get these kids motivated about school, district officials determine what resources they need. That means some students take online classes, switch schools or work with tutors to make sure they graduate.

Written by Adam Rasmussen

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