United Way of the Plains

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Be there!

Showing up for school has a huge impact on a student's academic success starting in kindergarten and continuing through high school. Absences - excused or not - have a lasting impact on your child's success. Even as children grow older and more independent, families play a key role in making sure students get to school safely every day and understand why attendance is so important for success in school and on the job.

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When do absences add up?"Be there!" Initiative

United Way's "Be There" initiative is aimed at reducing chronic absenteeism. Download the "Be There!" flier to learn more.

A message from Wichita Westside Promise Neighborhoods Coalition and United Way of the Plains.

Education Summit

On Sept. 23, 2015, United Way of the Plains held a free all-day Education Summit to provide information about the importance of school attendance, how absenteeism affects academic success and the barriers to school attendance. See video highlights, presentations and handouts.

Media Mentions

Wichita school administrators, United Way fighting chronic absenteeism - Wichita Eagle, Sept. 5, 2015

Public Awareness Campaign

United Way is spreading the word about how important school attendance is. We're using mass media, social media and more to encourage parents and students. Watch the TV commercials below.