A project of THINKING ABOUT TOMORROW INC
Attendance matters! We work with 15 schools in Georgia and California to create a culture that celebrates attendance as key to education.
Let’s be honest, waking up at 6:30 on a Monday morning isn’t exactly something that we all look forward to, much less kids who have to wake up to go to school! We all remember how difficult it was to get out of bed, hurrying to get dressed and then trying to catch the bus! But for the most part, we all had something to look forward to.
A lot has changed since then and budget cuts along with teacher layoffs only subtract from the opportunities schools are supposed to provide to our students! Cutting Physical Education, Art and Music; No wonder kids aren’t enjoying school anymore! With an average of 1 for every 4 students dropping out and or not graduating, efforts to improve school attendance cannot be separated from the larger school reform picture. Safe and healthy schools— ones that employ a challenging curriculum and reinforce high expectations for academics, behavior, and social responsibility— are schools that give students the motivation to attend. Teaching children to value education is doing them a lifelong favor and students that attend school regularly get better grades, score better on standardized tests, and are more likely to go to college. That’s why promoting academic achievement with the end result of high school graduation and college and career readiness is the ultimate goal of Thinking about Tomorrow!
Our School is Cool Attendance Program hopes to encourage students to keep attending school each and everyday. It is clear that to make a difference, we must select strategies that have been shown to be effective, and research shows that schools experience higher attendance rates when they incorporate (1) incentive programs; (2) pupil empowerment measures; (3) mentor/tutor programs; (4) comprehensive support systems; (5) home visits and parental involvement programs. Attendance is the biggest predictor of high school graduation rates and creating a positive school culture that celebrates attendance is an integral key to promoting student success. Clearly, by providing incentives to students who continuously attend school on a regular basis, our program allows the students a sense of empowerment and success, encouraging the kids who aren’t on a regular attendance schedule to want to be a part of something greater, providing a peer support system; all imperative for the growth and success of their future.
Below is our Challenge that can be available to ALL students enrolled in the public school system!
Attendance Assemblies (2x/year)
1st Assembly (Middle of year):
2nd Assembly (End of year):
* For 2nd half of the year only