News conference at City Hall via Jonathan Carter/KCTV5
Kansas City Mayor Sly James
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -
Area celebrities are joining political, education and business leaders in pushing an effort to reinforce the importance of school attendance to students and families.
The campaign is called "Attendance Works, KC!" and will have a hashtag of #attendanceworksKC.
The effort will emphasize the connection between school attendance and academic achievement.
Kansas City native rapper Tech N9ne attended the 4 p.m. news conference at City Hall.
Royals great and baseball Hall of Famer George Brett, mascot Sluggerrr, KC Wolf of the Chiefs, Keith Cash and Bill Chapin are also among those supporting the effort.
The national Campaign for Grade Level Reading has declared September as Attendance Awareness Month.
"Simply put, students can't learn if they aren't in school," Mayor Sly James said in a news release. "It's important that every child in this city, regardless of which school district they are enrolled in, goes to school every day."
He said good attendance is tied to more than just academic achievement.
"It also is a valuable life skill for later in life in the workforce," he added.
Mayor Pro Tem Cindy Circo said it is imperative that families communicate on this issue. She said there should be no barriers to a child getting to a school.
"Make sure for not only for your child's sake but your family's sake that attendance is important in your home," she said.
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