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Logan County Schools Participates in Attendance Awareness Month

Logan County Schools is partic-pating in a national campaign to raise awareness about the importance of attending school regularly.

Cathy Adkins, Director of Attendance, has been working diligently with local organizations and municipalities to create a county-wide plan to help educate students, parents, and community members about the importance of school attendance.

The cities of Logan, Chapmanville, and Man and the Logan County Commission have all teamed up with Logan County Schools for the campaign. Each organization will be signing a proclamation that recognizes September as Attendance Awareness Month and local utility companies are promoting school attendance on this month’s bills.

Logan Regional Medical Center and WVOW radio station have also partnered with the schools. Logan Regional will be having a banner dedication ceremony on Tuesday, September 9, 2014, for the campaign.

WVOW radio station will be airing public service announce-ments regarding attendance throughout the month. Logan’s Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr. has agreed to be a spokesperson for the campaign and will appear on radio and billboard advertisements for the campaign.

Logan County students were given the opportunity to join the campaign during a recent poster contest. Schools held individual competitions for students to design a poster promoting school attendance and each winner was submitted to the central office. Winners will be selected, and their artwork will be displayed on billboards throughout the county.

Logan County Schools has also launched the school messenger program in hopes to decrease chronic absences. The call-out system notifies parents each day if their child is not in school. Parents are encouraged to contact the school to let teachers know why the child is not in attendance.

Adkins says the goal for the county is to help students and faculty realize their presence makes a difference.

"We want students to have good attendance habits because regu-lar attendance is directly related to academic achievement. Attendance matters for all ages in school, and it takes students, teachers, parents, and the community working together to pro-mote the importance of attendance. Together, we can reach our goal of every student, every day."

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