Celebrating September as Attendance Awareness Month: Durham’s Commitment to Every Child’s Education 
Posted on 09.01.2023, Friday

September is more than just the start of a new school year in Durham; it’s also a month dedicated to celebrating Attendance Awareness. Durham’s Partnership for Children wants to emphasize the importance of regular school attendance and its profound impact on a child’s education. As we kick off this special month, let’s delve into why attendance matters! 

The Importance of Attendance 

Regular school attendance is often considered one of the most significant indicators of a student’s success. When children attend school consistently, they are more likely to: 

  • Improve Academic Performance: Consistent attendance allows students to engage with teachers, participate in classroom discussions, and complete assignments on time, leading to improved academic outcomes. 

  • Build Social and Emotional Skills: School is not only about academics; it’s also a place where children develop vital social and emotional skills, including teamwork, conflict resolution, and empathy. Regular attendance facilitates these important growth experiences. 
  • Foster a Love for Learning: Being present in school enables children to explore their interests, discover their passions, and develop a lifelong love for learning. 
  • Reduce the Achievement Gap: Consistent attendance helps bridge the achievement gap that often exists among students from different socioeconomic backgrounds. 
  • Enhance Future Opportunities: Good attendance in school is correlated with better job opportunities and earning potential in adulthood. 

Get Involved! 

As we celebrate Attendance Awareness Month in Durham, there are several ways you can get involved and make a positive impact on the education of our community’s children: 

  • Spread the Word: Share information about the importance of attendance with friends, family, and colleagues to raise awareness. 
  • Volunteer: Consider volunteering your time at Durham’s Partnership for Children,  your child’s school or any local organization that focuses on education and child welfare. 
  • Mentor or Tutor: Offer your expertise as a mentor or tutor to support students in need. 

  • Advocate for Policies: Advocate for policies and practices that promote attendance in your local schools and community. 
  • Donate: Contribute to organizations like Durham’s Partnership for Children that are dedicated to improving educational outcomes for children in the Durham area. 

As September unfolds, let’s come together as a community to celebrate Attendance Awareness Month and reaffirm our commitment to providing every child in Durham with the opportunity for a bright future through education. 

DPFC Donation Link: https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/dpfc?code=general/ 

DPFC Volunteer Link: https://www.handsontriangle.org/ 

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