BALTIMORE - In an effort to reduce truancy among Baltimore City schools, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced the second annual Mayor’s School Attendance Campaign: It Takes a Baltimore Community to Raise a Child
The initiative, announced during a visit to Frederick Elementary School, will award the school that shows the biggest improvement in attendance rates from last year to this year.
According to Rawlings-Blake’s office, each year, 15 percent of Baltimore City elementary students are chronically absent, missing more than 20 days of school over the course of the school year. Over the course of their first five years in school, 36 percent of Baltimore’s youngest students are chronically absent during at least one year.
“We want all of our children to succeed—which is why we started this attendance competition in partnership with a number of community sponsors,” Rawlings-Blake said in a statement. “You may not be our children by birth, but you are all our children by community, because we are one Baltimore. Everyone here has a stake in making sure you succeed.”
The way the campaign works, Rawlings-Blake said, is that each Monday during the next several months, the mayor and community partners will visit participating schools and encourage participation in the competition.
According to a news release from the mayor’s office, schools across the city will compete for and prizes. The school with the greatest improvement in attendance, as compared to the same period last year, will win exciting incentives.
The winning school in each grade bracket will receive a monetary award. Students at the winning school will receive incentives, as well as a congratulatory special event.
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