Rutherford County Schools joined a nationwide effort to celebrate Attendance Awareness in September and has pledged to raise awareness about the value of regular school attendance and focus on reducing chronic absenteeism in the new school year.
In September, schools, city agencies, community nonprofits, faith-based groups, businesses and others around the nation committed time and resources to raise public awareness, map local attendance gaps, and work with community partners to improve school attendance starting as soon as children enter school. Rutherford County Schools recognizes that good attendance is essential to academic success.
One of the components of this year’s attendance campaign was a local poster competition open to all students in grades K-5. The theme for the competition was “It’s My Future…Make Everyday Count.” Over five hundred students submitted poster designs this year. A team at the county office selected winners in two categories, grades K-2 & grades 3-5. Students will be presented awards at each of the individual elementary schools over the next few weeks. Poster designs will also be used to help promote attendance awareness during next year’s attendance campaign.
Grade K-2 Winners
1st Place - Aloni Lea Nunez | 2nd Grade Cliffside Elementary School (featured in photo on left)
2nd Place - Carter Hawkins | Kindergarten - Spindale Elementary School
3rd Place - Akira Jackson | 1st Grade - Pinnacle Elementary School
Grade 3-5 Winners
1st Place- Julia Wilson | 5th grade Cliffside Elementary School (featured in photo on right)
2nd Place - Emma Kuykendall | 4th Grade Sunshine Elementary School
3rd Place - Araceli Santiago Rodriguez | 5th Grade Cliffside Elementary School
4th Place - Jamaris Linder | 3rd grade Spindale Elementary School
5th Place (tie) - Peyton Elizabeth Jaynes | Pinnacle Elementary School
5th Place (tie) - Brooklyn Barner | Forest City Dunbar Elementary School