SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - Research shows that daily attendance leads to a better chance of students finishing high school and getting on the right career track after graduation. That is why Springfield school officials are kicking-off a new campaign to increase attendance.
The new initiative, called "Stay in School," aims to increase the number of kids in school every day. Teachers, students, and parents gathered at Putnam Vocational Technical Academy on Monday morning to begin the program, and talk about getting and keeping students in the classroom everyday.
Among the crowd was Dolly Ortiz, a mother of four who went back to school herself.
"If you want to succeed in life, have the big house, those beautiful cars that the kids love like those Mustangs that they see, BMWs, Mercedes, you need to educate yourself. You're not going to make money just by looking around," Ortiz said.
The city is already seeing progress in terms of graduation rates. The four-year high school graduation rate in Springfield increased from just over 52% in 2011 to more than 56.5% last year. The "Stay in School" initiative is designed to hopefully increase the rate to more than 77% by 2015.
You can learn more about the program by visiting stayinschoolspringfield.org .