September is National Attendance Awareness Month. Attendanceworks.org, a national organization, promotes attendance awareness and provides tools and resources for schools, principals, teachers, and parents to support students who may struggle making it to school or attending class.
According to Attendance Works, 1 in 10 kindergarten and first grade students in chronically absent. Differences in school attendance rates contribute to achievement gaps and future academic success – the more school a student misses, the farther behind their classmates they fall.
When Mark Slavin, a Champions Area Manager in Fort Worth, Texas, heard about Attendance Awareness Month, he and fellow Area Manager Lisa Holman reached out to the mayors in the 13 communities their before- and after-school program serve to raise awareness and to invite the mayors to issue proclamations declaring September Attendance Awareness Month in their areas.
“This issue impacts students we serve across the nation,” said Slavin. “The support of Champions will help our clients to reach families and shine a spotlight on chronic absenteeism and the long-term effects [it has] on students.”
To date, two mayors issued proclamations: the City of Trophy Club and Fort Worth. Slavin and his team plan to present the official proclamations to the Northwest Independent School District’s school board to keep and display.