About a dozen young women in the class of 2010 graduated this weekend from the Marian Pritchett High School in Boise, Idaho. Pritchett is no ordinary High School: all fifty of the 7th through 12th grade students are pregnant or parenting teen girls.
Located on the campus of The Salvation Army’s Booth Memorial Center, Pritchett is part of the Boise school district but serves teens who live on site or in the local area.
Named for our founder, Booth Memorial in Boise was opened by The Salvation Army nearly one hundred years ago to serve destitute unwed mothers.
This past school year, state education officials notified the Pritchett staff that due to a $10.5 million budget shortfall, the school would no longer receive funding. Because the school serves a vulnerable population, the Boise school district got busy and crunched their numbers.
Thankfully, they found a way to keep the school open; there will be significant cut backs, but there will be a class of 2011.
Click here to listen to the story called ‘A Touch of Class’ on Boise Public Radio.
For more information about the ten Booth Memorial Centers in the Western United states, please click here.