Attendance Awareness Poster Contest

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In honor of Attendance Awareness Month in September, the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading hosts an annual Attendance Awareness Poster Contest to promote good attendance habits and help students and parents understand why going to school every day matters. Since the inaugural Attendance Awareness Poster Contest in 2015, nearly 200,000 posters have been created by students from Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte, and DeSoto counties about the importance of outstanding attendance.

As students engage in the poster contest, there are a number of ways schools can support them:

  • Schools are encouraged to include positive messaging about the importance of outstanding attendance on their marquees, in communications to parents/caregivers, and in their daily messaging to students
  • Schools are encouraged to display posters throughout the remainder of the year
  • Schools are encouraged to share the winning images on their individual web pages, in electronic newsletters, in cards, calendars, and in correspondence
  • Schools, educators, staff, parents, etc., are encouraged to use #EveryDayCounts, #SchoolEveryDay or #GLReading when sharing on social media platforms to promote the contest, e.g. the creative process, the winning posters, special moments, other attendance related activities

Posters are judged according to the following criteria:

  • Use of Every Day Counts template – the Every Day Counts icon must be visible
  • Relevance to the theme – Attendance Awareness
  • Creativity and originality
  • Visual clarity and appeal

We know that there’s no such thing as perfect, especially when it comes to attendance. After all, children do get sick or may need to miss school for a number of reasons. We know missing more than 10% puts children in academic danger. We don’t want our children missing 20 days, so what’s a realistic number? Consider striving for less than five absences per year as hitting the mark of excellence!

— In the 2018-2019 school year, a total of 82 elementary schools in Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte, and DeSoto counties created posters with the message “Every Day Counts.”

— 49,911 students participated.

— 480 school-level winners will receive four tickets to Major League Baseball Spring Training games as a gift from SCGLR with support from The Patterson Foundation. Each ticket holder will also receive a complimentary drink and snack ticket because a baseball game just isn’t the same without the ‘Cracker Jacks!’

— On December 1, 2018, Attendance Awareness Poster Contest winners were invited to participate in the Sarasota Holiday Parade with their families. 480 people joined, and we are happy to say, SCGLR’s float won for the best walking unit!

For more information about the Attendance Awareness Poster Contest, please contact us.