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Fulton Schools Celebrate Attendance Awareness Month

Attendance was no issue at the Fulton City School District’s Attendance Awareness Celebration on Sept. 14, in honor of Attendance Awareness Month.

Second grader Bailey Depint selects a rubber duck from the pond to see what prize she wins at the ARISE booth at the Fulton Attendance Awareness Celebration.
Second grader Bailey Depint selects a rubber duck from the pond to see what prize she wins at the ARISE booth at the Fulton Attendance Awareness Celebration.

A multitude of children and families attended the event. Local organizations such as ARISE and the Oswego County Health Department set up interactive booths for the children.

The Child Advocacy Center of Oswego County displayed a craft table where students could make their own crowns to wear, a symbol that they are the “rulers of their own bodies.”

Because of grim statistics concerning correlations between school absence and academic failure, district officials want to communicate the importance of school attendance to all students.

Missing school means losing out on valuable instruction and academic and social growth.

“Chronic absence is a problem we can solve when schools, families and community partners work together,” said FCSD Director of Student Support Programs Geri Geitner.