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Orientation to Support Area Schools

Geneva 2020 and the Ontario County Youth Bureau have teamed up to help shed light on the importance of attendance for grade-school students through the nationwide Attendance Works Initiative. The campaign will launch locally in conjunction with the Colleges’ 14th annual First-Year Orientation Day of Service on Saturday, Aug. 24, during which a number of first-year students will distribute materials around Geneva that highlight the importance of attendance.

Attendance Works is a national and state initiative that promotes better policy and practice around school attendance. September marks the first Attendance Awareness Month in schools and communities across the country and HWS and the City of Geneva are committed to making a difference locally.

“I am thrilled to partner with Patty D’Amico from Ontario County’s Youth Bureau on this important campaign,” says Director of the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning (CCESL) Katie Flowers. “Graduation rates are on the rise in Geneva and that’s great news. However, we remain committed to supporting the important work of our colleagues at the Geneva City School District as they strive to ensure school success for all youth.”

Annually, Flowers and CCESL coordinate with community members and organizations throughout the summer to create an Orientation program that provides service where it is needed most, while introducing first-year students to the many opportunities they’ll have to work with the community over the course of their next four years.

The goal of the Attendance Works campaign is to put an end to chronic absenteeism with hopes of increasing the graduation rate, which is one of Geneva 2020’s primary areas of focus.

“The Attendance Works campaign emphasizes the mission of Geneva 2020, that collectively our efforts can have an important role when targeted towards school success,” says Flowers.

On Saturday, 40 teams of first-year students will assist at a variety of local non-profit agencies.

In the photo above Aly McKnight’15 hangs an Attendance Works Initiative poster in the Scandling Campus Center. 

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