Attendance Matters

Focusing on the important role that school attendance plays in achieving academic success.

Starting in the early grades, the percentage of students missing 10 percent of the school year can reach remarkably high levels, and these early absences can rob students of the time they need to develop literacy skills.

Strategy: Reducing the transportation barrier for many families by providing a service that will deliver students to school, and providing attendance incentive programs such as Dr. Seuss Day and Book Vending machines to help get kids excited to show up to class as often as possible.

Transportation barriers are one of the leading factors of why students miss school. Sometimes a parent or caregiver can’t get their child to school because of sickness, work schedule interference or chaos and trauma at home. Our commitment is to continue providing a pickup service for families to be able to access on the days when some additional support is needed to help get children to school. 

$24,000 per year

Dr. Seuss Day celebrates the importance of childhood reading. Working with our 12 core community schools, we will award a Dr. Seuss party to classrooms with the most improved attendance for Term 1 of the school year. Dr. Seuss parties will allow for one-on-one reading opportunities with volunteers, and each student will receive a Dr. Seuss book of their very own. 

$10,000 per year

Booking Vending Machines will be placed within our focus schools and will vend books using a golden token. Tokens are awarded to students for good behavior, logged reading time, and good attendance. We believe that the combination of vending books and the reward system can help bridge the gap between literacy and engagement for students. 

$10,000 per machine

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