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Building Literacy and Attendance at Marvell-Elaine

With strong leadership from the principal and committed teachers and staff, Marvell-Elaine brought down its chronic absence rate from 18% to 7% - and today, 75% of the students recently scored as proficient in reading on statewide exams.

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Making Every Day Count at Parson Hills Elementary

Parson Hills Elementary School in Springdale has always embraced a “whole child” approach to educating its students.  The school's increased focus on attendance has recently led to a drop in the school’s chronic absence rate from 14.9 percent of students in 2012-13 to 5 percent in 2014-15.

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Monitor Elementary School

Through a series of positive, culturally sensitive interactions, Monitor Elementary in Springfield developed a system that reduced the chronic absence rate to 6 percent in the 2014-15 school year.


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Addressing Summer Hunger and Summer Learning in Arkansas

Across Arkansas this summer, young children are eating free meals at schools, Boys & Girls Clubs, churches, bible camps, city parks, libraries and other locations as part of a broad effort to end childhood hunger — and its harmful consequences for children’s health and education.


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