Jalan Drummond and educator Precious White-Jordan are creating small learning communities, which they are calling “houses” for incoming freshmen at LaFayette High School in LaFayette, AL. Their overall goal is to increase high school attendance and graduation rates in their small, rural town as well as to shift their school culture so it values academics as much as sports. The duo plans to position upperclassmen mentors and teachers as house advisors to each small group of incoming freshmen to build a strong sense of belonging and support academic growth and achievement and college and career readiness. Their kick-off event on May 7 will enthusiastically welcome incoming freshmen and establish them in the learning community they will enter in the 2020-2021 school year. At the event, there will food, music, tours and a gallery walk so that each school department, club and sports team can share information engage students early on. For sustainability of the program into the future, the team is currently creating a mentoring handbook for house advisors to use as a guide throughout the year. Due to COVID-19 Jalan and Precious had to postpone their kick off event and are focused on planning all the materials needed for the program to hit the ground running in the fall.