GILBERT, W.Va. – The Mingo County Board of Education at its regular meeting last Tuesday night unanimously voted to pass a proclamation declaring September to be “National School Attendance Awareness Month” throughout Mingo County Schools.
The proclamation declares that Mingo County Schools would join with other school districts nationwide in the September national campaign to raise public awareness of the importance of consistent school attendance by students and to promote the reduction of chronic school absenteeism.
“The message of School Attendance Awareness Month is very clear” said Drema Dempsey, Mingo County School’s Director of Student Services. “Students can’t learn what our teachers are teaching if they are not in school. Even one or two absences a month hinders student achievement.”
During the month, Mingo County Schools will be sponsoring various county level and school-based activities designed to heighten both public and student awareness of the impact of absenteeism upon student learning and graduation which ultimately affects student success in the workplace. Activities scheduled include poster contests, school-based attendance recognition initiatives, special speakers and a county level promotional campaign.
Mingo’s county and municipal government leaders, as well as several civic organizations, are being asked to pass proclamations in support of this campaign. Kermit and Matewan city councils have already passed proclamations in support of the national campaign. During the next few weeks, other municipalities and the Mingo County Commission will be asked to declare September as School Attendance Awareness Month.
Dempsey says the National School Attendance Awareness Month campaign will serve as the kick-off for the county’s new year-long “Attendance First” program.