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.

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.

When do absences add up?What you can do

Download these helpful fliers to learn more about the impact of missing school and what you can do to help make sure your student is in school.

Build the Habit of Good Attendance Early

For parents of elementary school students - English / Spanish

Keep Your Child on Track in Middle and High School

For parents of middle and high school students - English / Spanish

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, soical media and more to ecourage parents and students. Watch the TV commercials below.