Officials in Jefferson County are trying to get kids to come to school by providing some special incentives.
Last year, nearly 700 students in Jefferson County missed more than 20 days of school — 52 of which lead to truancy court cases.
Monday afternoon, Truancy Liaison Sean Tucker announced the county’s “I Will Be There” Attendance Challenge.
They’re partnering up with Movin’ and Grovin’ Productions to provide a fun day with their inflatables for one of the five schools that are competing to have the highest percentage of attendance.
Tucker’s hope is that with a fun incentive, the young kids will encourage each other to come to school as well.
“You learn everything at an early age. And when we look at K through 6, that’s an age– you’re learning to read, you’re learning to write, you’re learning your math skills, you’re leaning everything– and it’s very import that you also learn that in order to learn those things, you have to be in school,” said Tucker.
The five schools competing are in a very tight race.
Stanton Middle School is leading, followed by Karaffa Middle, and Hills Elementary, John Gregg, and Wintersville Elementary all within 2% of them.