At My Brother’s Keeper, we recognize the importance of attendance for children of all ages when it comes to school. Missing a large amount of time in the classroom will stunt a child both socially and academically. Not only is time spent in the classroom imperative for academic learning, it is also essential for developing relationships and social skills. When children are absent from the classroom, they suffer. Because of this, My Brother’s Keeper has partnered with Beechfield Elementary/ Middle Schools within the Baltimore City area to help increase school attendance this year.
On November 11th, Beechfield Elementary students experienced the first ever “Red-Carpet- Attendance Awards Ceremony.” The group of one hundred eighty was greeted by red balloons as they entered the auditorium of their school for the awards ceremony. The ceremony was to celebrate the students who attended school every day during the month of October. During the ceremony, each student received a certificate with their name along with a colorful wristband including the words “Beechfield Attendance Star.” Within the fourth grade, a class of 24 students, Ms. Allen’s class, received a pizza party celebrating their high number of attendance honorees.
This ceremony now marks the beginning of an attendance initiative started by the school along with My Brother’s Keeper to help increase the attendance of students, most importantly those in the earlier grades. My Brother’s Keeper plans to offer a number of reward options for students who only miss a few days during the year along with those who dramatically increase their attendance in comparison to past years. Rewards for students will range from school supply vouchers and gift certificates to enjoyable activities taking place both in and out of school.
My Brother’s Keeper is as strong as our support. Our school programs are based on community need as well as the donations and volunteer services available. As our staff continues to work towards helping the community, outside help by way of donations and volunteers are always welcome! Become a part of something great and help make MBK where hope finds a home.
To learn more about how to help, or to find out more about our services including our meal programs, call MBK today at 410-644-3194.