Teachers encourage attendance through "walkabout"
BATON ROUGE- A group of teachers and other staff members from Highland Elementary hit the streets in an effort to get kids ready for the first day of school this Wednesday.
The group went door to door talking to students and parents in a neighborhood off Gardere Lane in Baton Rouge. More than 300 kids in the neighborhood will attend Highland Elementary this school year. Highland Elementary has done the "Back-to-School Walkabout" for the past 10 years in an effort to reduce truancy.
"Education is the most important thing to these kids today. There's too much violence out here and as long as they have educational programs and after school programs I think that's the best thing for them to do," Melissa Jackson, a Highland Elementary School parent, said.
Last school year nearly one in eight students missed at least five days of school in East Baton Rouge Parish. The school system is working to open a truancy center for parents and students. The school board will vote on the plans during their meeting Wednesday.