St. Clair County success coach helps secure $5,000 grant to improve school attendance

Gail Lohr

A St. Clair County Pathways to Potential success coach helped secure a $5,000 grant to provide incentives to increase attendance among elementary school students.

Gail Lohr, worked closely with Joseph Kramer, principal of The STEAM Academy at Woodrow Wilson Elementary in Port Huron, to secure this funding through the Community Foundation of St. Clair County. In addition to providing incentives, the grant funding will help remove barriers that prevent some students from consistently attending school.

The request for funding was prompted by the fact that 40% of the students missed 15 or more days of school for the 2020-21 school year. The grant will allow Pathways to provide monthly rewards and incentive trips along with items to help meet the basic needs of students and their families.

The hope is that this program improves attendance thus increasing engagement and growth for these students.

Congratulations, Gail, on this effort!