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Attendance - Every Day Counts

School success starts with attendance

Children who are absent for 10 percent or more of the school year - that's about 18 days - for any reason are less likely to read proficiently by the end of third grade. 

To encourage students and families to build good attendance habits - and to draw attention to some of the factors, like health and transportation, that often make consistent attendance difficult - Pacific's Beyond Our Gates Community Council hosts the annual Every Day Counts Attendance Challenge.

Here's how it works: All San Joaquin County preschools and elementary schools, public and private, are invited to register.Students who achieve perfect attendance for the month of September will receive special recognition - and be entered into a prize drawing.

Beyond Our Gates - Every Day Counts

Prizes include:

  • Kindle e-readers sponsored by University of the Pacific and community members Gary Dei Rossi and Sue de Polo
  • Bicycles donated by Steve Fisher, Fisher Insurance Agency
  • Gift certificates from Lincoln Center, Nothing Bundt Cakes and Squeeze Burger
  • Tickets from Pacific Athletics
  • Family memberships from World of Wonders Science Museum.

For more information, contact Mike Klocke at or (209) 946-3134.