Parents, students get 'sweet' thanks for arriving on time to school
Lanier Network recruited volunteers to pass out cookies, information
Good attendance at school has its sweet rewards, as Lanier High School students and their parents found out Tuesday morning.
Volunteers greeted them with a warm welcome, and a packet that included home-baked cookies and information on attendance.
The effort was organized by a group called the Lanier Network, but involved the help of other volunteers.
Jodie Salinas, who works for Community First Health Plans, said this is the second year in a row that her company has participated.
She stood at the curb, flagging down cars and handing out bags filled with baked goodies.
"It's very important that they're attending school, that they have a better outcome,” Salinas said.
The goal, according to Patti Radle, a San Antonio Independent School District trustee whose also a member of the Lanier Network, is to raise awareness about the affects absenteeism has on a school district.
Radle said Lanier has one of the lowest attendance rates in the SAISD.
"It's been hovering around 91 percent,” she said. “The year goal is to get it up to at least 93 percent."
Absent students cause state funds to also walk out of a school’s doors.
At its current rate, Linear is losing more than $5,100 per day, Radle said.
“The impact is tremendous. And you add that up over 180 days through the year. It's a lot of money,” she said.
The “Cookies at the Curb” event, however, may have been a bit of preaching to the choir.
Most of the parents who were rewarded with cookies usually make sure their children arrive on time, Radle admitted.
She said the Lanier Network has tried other activities to reach out to those need to hear the message most.
“We’ve put up signs in taco shops,” she said. "We've also done other things like passing out this information at churches, to community groups, to let them know the impact of these absences."
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