Challenge 5 Day What: Every student at every school in the Quad Cities is challenged to attend school on August 30. We’re trying to break attendance records. When: Wednesday, August 30, 2017 •    8:00 a.m. high fives with community leaders and students •    8:15 a.m. school starts •    8:30 a.m. superintendents’ remarks

Where: Frances Willard Elementary School, 2503 9th St., Rock Island Who: 8 school superintendents, along with several mayors, and community leaders are joining together in the effort to encourage all students to “Strive for Less than 5” absences this school year. Why:  Quad Cities School Districts and United Way are teaming up for the Challenge 5 initiative. Studies show that fewer than 5 absences in a year keeps learning on track.    Missing 18 days of school per year make a child chronically absent. •    More than 8 in 10 chronically absent kindergartners and first graders will not read at grade level by the end of third grade. •    3 out of 4 chronically absent sixth graders will never graduate high school.

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