Keep students in school with Strive for Less than Five

School News Network

Now that kids are back in class a big effort is underway across all of Kent County to get them to school all day, every day. It’s called Strive for Less than 5, a countywide campaign to stress the importance of having students strive to miss less than 5 days of school in any given school year. That’s missing less than one day a month! 

What should you know about absenteeism?

  • Missing school for any reason hurts learning
  • Being chronically late or leaving school early leads to poor overall attendance
  • Students who miss 10% of school days are more likely to drop out = that’s just 2 days a month
  • Students who don’t graduate can expect to earn half of what students who graduate earn in their lifetime
  • Students who miss days in kindergarten have more difficulty learning to read
  • By Michigan law, students age 6-18 are required to attend school

What can parents do to help students Strive for Five?

  • Build a back-up plan to get them to school
  • Schedule appointments before or after school
  • Plan vacations around school schedule
  • Direct message to all students, K – 12
  • Emphasize how important this is to school success in lower grades, even kindergarten

Start at the very beginning


Kent ISD also has a way to help students from the very start….Free Preschool for four year olds!  That’s right, it’s FREE! The Great Start Readiness Program provides free preschool for all kids who qualify who turn 4 by December first. Just go to or call 616-447-2409 and we’ll connect you to a program near you!

Free Preschool for 4 year olds who qualify

Must turn 4 by December 1, 2017

Sign up by calling 616-447-2409

Great Start Readiness Program


September 16

Rosa Parks Circle, Grand Rapids

Enter code “STRIVE5” to get $5 off your entry for the 10 mile run, 5K Run or 5K Walk

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