Here at My Brother’s Keeper, we want to continue to urge the importance of school attendance – especially for those younger students. Why, you may ask? Well, it is true that school attendance is important for students of ALL ages, but we hope that stressing the importance of school attendance at a young age will contribute to helping these younger students form healthy learning habits early on, minimizing the risk of getting “left behind” educationally.
Why is School Attendance So Important in Baltimore?
The more your present your child is at school, the more they stand to learn. The more they learn, the more successful they will be. It seems like a no brainer, right? Here in Baltimore and other cities where children are living in poverty, the importance of school attendance goes much deeper than that. About a quarter of Baltimore residents live below the poverty line. A good education is a game changer for these students, and it can make all the difference in whether they are able to break the cycle of poverty or not. At MBK, we believe all students have a right to earn an education that will propel them towards further success.
According to Princeton Publications, children living below the poverty line are 1.3 times more likely to suffer from developmental delays and learning disabilities in comparison to children who don’t live in poverty – making it all the more critical for these young students to show up to every single class. Check out our latest blog featuring educational statistics about children living in poverty to explore more facts like this one.
The Benefits of Forming Healthy School Attendance Habits
Habits are just that – habits. And habits can be broken. Much like your student could fall into a habit of skipping school or not turning in their homework, they can also fall into a habit of getting excited to attend. As parents, teachers, and members of the community, it is absolutely essential that we encourage young students to form healthy attendance habits as soon as they are enrolled. We must play our part as parents and adults to help them form a constructive routine with minimal chaos.
If you teach your student that attending school is not just necessary, but fun, they will likely go to class with a more positive outlook and willingness to learn. Your student will benefit in the following ways by forming healthy school attendance habits:
- More exposure to educational materials
- More one-on-one time with their teacher and fellow students
- Improved social skills
- Improved comprehension skills
- Improved grades on assignments and tests
- Valuable time management skills
- Increased chance of breaking the cycle of poverty
My Brother Keeper’s Commitment to Attendance and Education
This season, we hope that you will continue to follow our blog as we share important knowledge that we hope will help families understand the importance of breaking the cycle of poverty as it relates to education. We will elaborate on the BEMS Attendance Affirmation Project and other educational resources. Join us in this commitment to better our youth and show them that the education they deserve is within reach with the right resources and support.
To learn more about our youth programs, how to help, or to find out more about our services including hot meal programs, employment assistance, health services and identifying possible emergency shelter, call MBK today at 410-644-3194. You can also follow our official MBK page on Google+, Pinterest, Twitter, and Facebook, to stay up to date on our center’s progress and upcoming events in the community.