Rotary and public schools are keenly aware of how important attendance is to the success of their programs as measured by the number of those who participate and engage. School administrations work tirelessly to promote the importance of student attendance and participation in achieving maximum benefit from their classroom experience. With Rotary’s focus on youth and programs that help in their development, it was natural that Rotary lend a hand in promoting better school attendance.
Working with both Wayne County school districts, the Rotary Club of Piedmont and school administrators devised a program to promote perfect student attendance by recognizing those who achieved 100% attendance for a given thirty day period. School administrators selected the participating grade level and month to be monitored and notified students in advance.
Students who achieved 100% attendance were awarded a hoodie in the student’s size and choice of school colors. Hoodies also displayed the respective school mascot or logo on the front. A small Rotary emblem on the left sleeve, uniquely identifies their achievement.
Clearwater chose October as the month to monitor and the fifth grade middle school students as the participants. Those who received hoodies are shown below accompanied by Rotarians Darren Garrison (back row left) and Deborah Hand (back row right). The Rotarians were assisted in the presentation by student upper-classman, Interact Club (Rotary sponsored student organization) members, Rachel Rowold, Mason German and Perla Mendiola.
Early results are encouraging. Thirty-two fifth grade students at Clearwater Middle School achieved 100% attendance in October versus only 20 for the same period last year.
At Greenville, the sixth grade class participated during October. Nineteen Students with 100%attendance for that month are pictured above with Rotarian Darren Garrison. No comparison figures were provided.
It is anticipated that both schools will monitor another month before the end of this school year and reward students with perfect attendance.