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Sep 16

September is National Attendance Awareness Month - A special from Boys & Girls Clubs

Posted to Children's Services Council Blog by Ashley Mock

kids waiting to get on bus

September is recognized nationally as Attendance Awareness Month, which is a national campaign to promote the value of regular school attendance and the necessary steps to reduce chronic absence. Encouraging regular school attendance is necessary to achieve and develop a strong foundation for success in school and in the future.  It will help your child achieve better grades in school, develop healthy habits, avoid dangerous behaviors and have a better chance of graduating from high school.

Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Lucie County has been at the forefront of youth development for over 24 years providing young people a safe, educational and fun environment within our 20 locations throughout the county. We serve more than 15,000 youth annually with our afterschool, summer and outreach programming such as truancy, which assists in promoting regular school attendance.

Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Lucie County’s Truancy Program has been in existence since 2006, through continued funding received by the Children’s Services Council. Together in partnership with the St. Lucie Public Schools, service is provided to 15 elementary schools. The goal of the Truancy Program is to reduce the rate of absenteeism within the schools served and to help better educate families by informing them of the truancy laws, school policies regarding attendance and the possible consequences. The Truancy Program provides services such as working with school officials to identify children who have 5 or more unexcused absences, monitor attendance records and contact families of students who continue to have excessive unexcused absences. In addition, families are referred to community resources and truancy court as needed.

Join us in promoting Attendance Awareness Month in September in support of your child’s future. Here are some tools that can be used to help promote, support and establish good attendance:


  • Promote the importance of school by sending your child regularly and on time.
  • Establish basic routines, consistency is key.
  • Develop a backup plan for getting your child to school.
  • Communication: ask for help when and if it is needed.


  • Continue to spread the word throughout the year the importance of regular school attendance.
  • Celebrate Attendance Awareness throughout the school year.
  • Create incentives, display posters.
  • Recognize and reward children with improved/perfect attendance.


  • Local business can offer coupons as incentives to distribute to students with improved/perfect attendance.
  • Support your local school

About the Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Lucie County

Boys & Girls Clubs of St. Lucie County is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing youth with a world class Boys & Girls Club experience, assuring that success is within reach for every young person who walks through our doors, and that every Club member graduates from high school with a plan for the future, demonstrating good character and citizenship and living healthy lifestyles. The Club enables all young people, especially those who need it most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

With 20 locations throughout the county, Boys & Girls Clubs programs serve a diverse group of kids from grades K-12. We serve 15,000 youth throughout the year from a variety of backgrounds. Be part of something wonderful and take a tour of an area club by calling (772) 460-9918 or visiting or at

Oct 14

The Importance of Goal Setting

Posted to Success Stories by Ashley Mock

The Student Assistance Program is a substance abuse prevention conducted in the elementary and middle schools in St. Lucie County to educate youth on the dangers of substance abuse. The educators help students develop greater self- esteem and coping skills individually or in small group sessions. 

screenshot of casey wood, new horizons, from October 2019 Community Connections Show

We recently interviewed Assistant Program Director, Casey Wood on our monthly Community Connections show on WLX-TV in partnership with St. Lucie Public Schools. Check out the interview to learn more, and read a success story from the program, below.

A Prevention Specialist in the New Horizons Student Assistance Program is currently providing the "Too Good for Drugs" curriculum to all of the 5th grade classes at Fairlawn Elementary.

The first lesson in the curriculum is focused on goal setting and teaches students to have a better ability to set reachable goals. This skill builds self-efficacy and a stronger sense of hope for the future.

In one of the 5th grade classes, during this first lesson, there was a student that was very vocal that she had never set any goals for herself. Throughout the lesson, she was very involved and appeared to gain a lot of insight into the process of personal goal setting. Since that first week of classes, this student has come into class each week with a new goal she wants to achieve.

One week, she set the goal of making the principal’s Honor Roll. Another week, she set a goal of trying out for her local basketball team. She has already realized in a few short weeks that goals can be accomplished if you make them personal and specific. She is already showing signs of a stronger self and how to make better decisions because she understands how to set reachable goals.