Children with a positive attitude toward school and confidence in their abilities are set up for future success that can last a lifetime. As part of our work to prepare children to succeed in school and life, our attendance initiative, Be There mobilizes thousands of trusted, caring adults to promote excellent school attendance among our local children in Pittsburgh and across Southwestern Pennsylvania. Unlike traditional efforts to reduce truancy and chronic absenteeism, Be There is a positive campaign focused on encouragement and positive reinforcement.
Attendance rates have increased in 45 of the 49 participating Pittsburgh Public Schools and more than 700 volunteers encouraged more than 14,000 students to be at school every day. Be There has garnered national attention and will continue to provide proven strategies to achieve on-going results.
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You can help by volunteering or funding initiatives that mobilize committed attendance champions to improve school attendance.
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