Over the next three months, metro Detroit area high schools will be competing in the Get Schooled Attendance Challenge!
This partnership between Chevrolet, United Way for Southeastern Michigan, Viacom and Get Schooled kicked off Monday, February 13, with almost 10,000 students in 17 high schools across the metro region. The goal is to raise attendance rates, but with a little friendly competition. Students will earn points for showing up to class every day, as well as by recognizing outstanding teachers, taking quizzes and submitting school pride videos.
Pictured above at the Kick Off event are General Motors North America President and GM Foundation Board member Mark Reuss (center), shown with Ivan Combellask (left) from Lincoln High School and Marlicia Tabor of Detroit Cody High School. Reuss announced a $27.1 million donation from the General Motors Foundation to establish a Network of Excellence with the United Way for Southeastern Michigan. The goals of the program are to dramatically increase graduation rates and ultimately rebuild the area’s skilled workforce.
According to a 2008 study by UCLA, students with more than 20 absences in any given year have only a 19 percent chance of graduating. So, to raise graduation rates, we have to start with raising attendance rates. The metro Detroit attendance challenge plans to do just that. The winning school gets a celebrity principal for the day! How’s that for motivation?
Help us send a message to students, parents and community members that it’s time to raise the rates! Head over to Detroit Attendance Challenge to learn more about the challenge. Don’t forget, students can sign up for a celebrity wake up call and nominate a teacher that inspires them! One last thing, anyone can sign up for a celebrity wake up call!