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January 12, 4:53 PM click here to comment > 2

Preliminary data shows Attendance Campaign is helping kids get to school

Preliminary data suggests the Be Here. Get There. attendance campaign launched in September by Mayor Mike McGinn and Seattle Public Schools is producing results, with the rate of students missing school at its lowest level in five years. This data comes as the City of Seattle and Seattle Public Schools announce new incentives in their ongoing attendance campaign, including a partnership with the Harlem Globetrotters.

“The preliminary data from our attendance campaign is encouraging. This is good news and supports our recently doubled Families & Education Levy. I thank all of our community partners, especially the students, parents, teachers and administrators who are making this effort possible,” said Mayor McGinn.

“I’m happy to see the attendance campaign adding value to our work,” said Interim Superintendent Susan Enfield. “Absentee rates are lower so far this year, compared to previous years. As we continue into the second half of the school year, we’ll continue to recognize classrooms across the District that improve attendance.”

To re-energize students and parents after the holidays, with the hopes of improving Average Daily Attendance, the Be Here. Get There. campaign has partnered with the Harlem Globetrotters for a short-term challenge to elementary schools. For the entire month of January, the school with the best attendance record will receive a visit from a Harlem Globetrotter and an assembly for the entire school. Additionally, each high school will receive a prize pack with four Harlem Globetrotters tickets and a free large pizza donated by Papa Murphy’s to raffle off in the month of January. The Harlem Globetrotters will be in Seattle this February as part of the 2012 Harlem Globetrotters World Tour. Visit for more details.

The elementary school classroom with the most improved Average Daily Attendance in their school will receive coupons for Mini-Murph pizzas from Papa Murphy’s. Winning classrooms will receive prizes throughout the spring generously donated by various sponsors.  A list of sponsors includes Molly Moons Ice Cream, Pacific Science Center, Pike Street Fish Fry, Seattle Aquarium, Seattle Children’s Theatre, Showbox, Neumos, Starbucks, Experience Music Project, Cupcake Royale, Raleigh Bicycles, Seattle International Film Festival, Microsoft, Trophy Cupcakes, Phyllis Catering, Amazon, Google, Pagliacci Pizza, Seattle Symphony, Seattle Center, KEXP, KUBE 93.3 and KISS 106.1 FM, and Target.

Posted by: Words: April Thomas, Pictures: Jen Nance


Comment from Brynnen Ford
Time January 26, 2012 at 10:19 pm

Could you link to the data source that you used for this report? I’d be glad to have my students use this as a resource in our research methods for public administrators class at Seattle U. Thanks!

Comment from Words: April Thomas, Pictures: Jen Nance
Time February 13, 2012 at 12:59 pm

Sure thing, Brynnen! You can email and she can share the data with you. Thanks!