Since January 2007, the No Excuses – Go to School Attendance Campaign has promoted the idea that students should not use excuses to miss school. The program is an outreach approach to parents and community members through school newsletter articles, press releases, letters home, posters, calendars and flyers.
The campaign is designed to educate and motivate students to attend school consistently so that they learn academic skills and develop a work ethic that will help them in life. Research shows that academic achievement increases with consistent school attendance.
In addition, consistent school attendance is also crucial in obtaining maximum funding for Elk Grove Unified. Now, more than ever, money earned by school districts when students regularly attend school plays an important role in purchasing classroom materials and providing critical academic support programs.
Over the years, we have discovered that both short-term and long-term incentives motivate students, especially at the higher grade levels. Student support is sought through monthly incentives donated by local businesses and community members. Every month at each of the district’s 64 schools a list is compiled of students with perfect attendance. From that list one student’s name is drawn to receive an incentive. In addition, each month all the students’ names go into a raffle for the grand prize drawing at the end of the year. Other promotion materials for students include PA announcements, creative contests and school wide recognitions.
Thanks to the 21 member dealers of the Elk Grove Auto Mall, high school seniors participate in a special attendance program. One lucky senior with perfect attendance in all classes for at least five calendar months and a 2.0 GPA has the opportunity to receive $20,000 towards the purchase of a vehicle from the auto mall. Since 2007, the Elk Grove Auto Mall has contributed $160,000 to this program.
The No Excuses – Go to School attendance campaign is only possible through the support of community members and businesses. If you would like to donate to the campaign, please contact Xanthi Pinkerton, Director of Communications, at (916) 686-7732.