Attendance Awareness Poster Contest

In honor of Attendance Awareness Month in September, the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading hosts an Attendance Awareness Poster Contest to promote good attendance habits and help students and parents understand why going to school every day matters.

During the inaugural Attendance Awareness Poster Contest in 2015, 38,000 students from Manatee and Sarasota counties learned the importance of outstanding attendance by creating their own personalized artwork. In the months that followed, elementary schools in both counties with a history of chronic absenteeism showed significant reductions in student absences.


  • In the Manatee-Sarasota region, nearly 10,000 students are chronically absent
  • In some communities, chronic absence affects 1 in 4 children
  • Nationally, as many as 7.5 million students miss 10 percent or more of the school year – that’s 135 million days


For many students as young as pre-K and kindergarten, chronic absence – missing 10 percent or more than 18 days of school each year – puts them on a path to fail to read on grade level by third grade, struggling with coursework in middle school and off track for graduating high school.

When we work together – families, school and community partners – to monitor data, encourage a habit of regular attendance and reduce hurdles that keep children from getting to school, chronic absence will be significantly reduced. 

Learn more about the importance of consistent attendance in our Issues section.


  • In 2016 over 44,000 students created a poster with the message Every Day Counts
  • In 2016 42 public schools in Sarasota County and 5 preschool locations participated for a total of 47 schools
  • In 2016 44 public schools in Manatee County and 3 preschool locations participated for a total of 47 schools

2016–2017 REGIONAL WINNERS Manatee County

Manatee Attendance Awareness Awards 2016–17



2016–2017 REGIONAL WINNERS Sarasota County

Sarasota Attendance Awareness Awards 2016–17


A panel of judges selected by the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading based the winning posters on the following criteria:

  • Use of the “Every Day Counts” template with the “Every Day Counts” icon remaining visible
  • Relevance to the theme — Attendance Awareness
  • Creativity | Originality
  • Visual clarity and appeal




2016–2017 PRIZES

Each winning Pre–K entry submitted by a Pre–K center, and each winning Pre–K entry submitted by a public school, received $50 to hold a pizza party in the classroom of the winning artist(s), certificates of achievement for each artist, and a framed, full-color copy of the winning poster.

School-level winners in grades K–12 received a certificate of achievement, two framed, full-color copies of their winning poster (one to be displayed in the school, and one to take home), and an invitation for four to a spring training baseball game at McKechnie Field or Ed Smith Stadium.

The grand prize winner from each grade level, K–12, in each county received an Apple iPad Air 2 64GB Wi-Fi. Awards were given on Tuesday, Jan 24 at the Manatee County School Board Meeting for Manatee County winners and on Tuesday, Feb 7 at the Sarasota County School Board Meeting for Sarasota County winners.



2015–2016 Grade-Level Winners