• Local group encourages homeless children to 'Refuse to Lose'

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    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - "Refuse to Lose" is the motto for a local group helping the homeless in Charlotte and encouraging children to stay in school.

    Statistics show 60 to 70 percent of children living in poverty drop out of high school and never receive a diploma.

    In most cases, the cycle of homelessness continues.

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    Organizers of Saturday’s event in north Charlotte said children need to hear about other people's experiences to make a difference.

    “I love the fact that I’m able to come and speak to the people that I work with every day, as well, for the nonprofit that I work for,” motivational speaker Deangelo Robinson said. “It’s just a great time to come and see some of the same people that I work with in the school system and be able to motivate them on a different level."

    More than 300 people attended the event, which is in its sixth year.

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