RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- More than 500 volunteers are helping the Washoe County School District visit students who are at risk of dropping out, as part of the Door to Door for Student Achievement campaign.
"You never know what's going to change a child's life" said Pedro Martinez, Washoe County School District superintendent.
For Evelyn Araujo it was the Door to Door for Student Achievement program last year.
"I wasn't attending school," Araujo said.
She was working full-time to help support her family and wasn't on track to graduate, Martinez visited her at home.
Governor Brian Sandoval also visits the students. This is his third year participating.
"It's very inspiring for me to see them," Gov. Sandoval said. "A lot of them come from tough backgrounds and they have a lot of obstacles that none of us could even imagine."
The effort has grown from 300 students last year to 780 this year.
"We're more than doubling our efforts and the reason we're doing it is, frankly, because it works," Martinez said.
Araujo is proof.
"It really hit me and I started going to school after that," she said.
Araujo was able to graduate on time last June.
"I just felt really good because I was able to graduate with my class, and most of the people I know they don't graduate. They drop out," she said.
That is exactly why the school district makes it a priority to visit students like Wooster High School senior Vanessa Virgen who are at risk of dropping out.
"We believe in her and that's what today is all about," Gov. Sandoval said.
"It's exciting," Virgen said. "It motivates me more to try in school and get to where I want to be."
That excitement is what helped Araujo get back on track.
"Before this I felt like 'oh they don't really care' and when they did that it showed me that they did," she said.
So what advice would Araujo give students who are struggling?
"Don't be scared to ask for help," she said. "Don't be discouraged because there's help out there. If you ask for it, you look for it, they're going to help you."
Araujo is expecting a baby in a few weeks, but despite that new challenge she is set to start classes at TMCC next semester and start working toward her dream of becoming a paralegal.