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Schools team up with United Way to reduce chronic absenteeism

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With the start of school around the corner, volunteers are going door to door to encourage all students to get ready for their first day of school.

Sixteen elementary schools in Billings and Laurel are partnering with United Way to promote Attendance Awareness month in September.

Fliers are hung on doors that include information about the first day of school and school contacts.

United Way and local schools want to reduce chronic absenteeism, they say chronic absenteeism can affect student performance and willingness to 

They want students to build the skills they need to be successful in their school career to boost graduation rates.

"So we try to think of in terms of a cooperative effort to make sure we come around for that child or that family to give them the resources they need to be at school, because sometimes they don't recognize how fast things at school are moving every single day," said Amity Malberg, education impact coordinator of United Way. "If they miss even part of the morning, they're ultimately missing a lot of academic time." 

Malberg said they recognize lack of transportation or housing moves may be an issue and they do have resources if you need help.

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