Aki Kurose Middle School was honored last week for its improved attendance record. As part of the Be Here Get There campaign, schools vied for prizes by improving their attendance as compared to the previous year. Aki Kurose Middle School increased attendance by 3.67 percent and was rewarded with Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream scooped by ten Seattle firefighters who donated their time.
According to Get Schooled, Aki Kurose won their reward through teamwork. The whole school acted as a team focused on a core issue – getting every child to school every day. Teachers stood in the lunchroom with megaphones, speaking to everyone about attendance. Staff made calls to parents to encourage them to encourage their students to come to school. Students who missed school received home visits and encouragement from staff to be in school. Classrooms posted their attendance rates. All of these efforts combined with a keenness for competition led them to success.
The students were congratulated by former Sounders player Taylor Graham, who told them “Whether it’s on the field or in the classroom, you have to show up to succeed. Students here at Aki Kurose made the commitment to succeed in school.”
The “Be Here Get There” attendance campaign launched in October and is a collaboration between the City of Seattle, Seattle Public Schools, the Alliance for Education, and Get Schooled, which aims to make schools engaging and attractive to students by rewarding students for having excellent attendance.
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