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Davenport, IA

Davenport Community Schools Launch Strive for Less Than 5

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All eight Quad Cities school districts and the United Way of the Quad Cities are working together to get every child in the Quad Cities in school every day. The Challenge 5 Initiative means that students, with the support of their families, will strive for less than 5 absences during the school year. Join us in rallying to have 100% attendance in our Davenport schools on Wednesday, August 30! 

On any given day in the Quad Cities, 1 in 10 students is not in school. A student is considered chronically absent when they miss 18 days of school per year – only 2 days per month! No one would want a child to come to school when they are ill, however missing school can have a negative impact on a child’s learning and success in school. 

The following statistics show why it’s so important for students to attend school every day:

  • More than 8 in 10 chronically absent kindergartners and first graders will not read at grade level by the end of third grade.
  • Students who are not reading proficiently by third grade are four times less likely to graduate from high school.
  • Three out of four chronically absent sixth graders do not graduate from high school.

Be sure to join us tomorrow morning, Wednesday, August 30th for our special Challenge 5 Day – it’s simple, just come to school!