Attendance program rewards kids, schools

Dry Creek's program promotes importance of perfect attendance on academic achievement
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Last year, the Dry Creek Joint Elementary School District launched the Attendance Incentive Program to promote awareness about the importance of school attendance. According to the district, research demonstrates that regular school attendance directly correlates to academic achievement. “The Attendance Incentive Program is designed to remind students, staff and parents of the importance of school attendance and how it impacts students academically,” said Gordon Medd, assistant superintendent of administrative services. Attendance also correlates to a district’s average daily attendance funding from the state of California. As many schools throughout Roseville and Granite Bay suffer from declining enrollment, it becomes more imperative for a district’s budget that students attend school every day, or as much as possible. During the 2009-10 school year, the Dry Creek district had 404 students achieve perfect attendance out of 7,243 students at its 10 elementary and middle schools. Two of these students received awards for their accomplishment — a laptop computer and bicycle. Because of the fiscal crisis in education, the district needs the financial support of individuals and local businesses to continue the program this school year. Donations help pay for grand prize drawings for students who achieve perfect attendance during a given reporting period. The money also goes to schools that improve their attendance rate. These schools will receive cash incentives to use for instructional or extra-curricular programs. To sponsor the Dry Creek Joint Elementary School District Attendance Incentive Program contact Gordon Medd at (916) 770-8890. For more information about the district, visit ~Sena Christian