#GivingTuesday: Curbing Absenteeism

Help KDP fund a Classroom Teacher Grant for “Curbing Absenteeism”, a Student Outreach Support project by Edward Knauss. He teaches senior high school students and has 15 years of teaching experience.

Application for Funding:

image_knauss-edward-1The Academy at Opry Mills is a non-traditional high school in Nashville, TN. Students must be 17-21 years of age and have 8 or fewer credits needed to graduate. The math program at The Academy at Opry Mills is self-paced and competency based. Students are allowed to move at their own pace with direction from a math teacher, as long as they finish within the 4-5 week semester window.

With the freedom of a self-paced environment and a majority of our students being 18 or older, attendance is not seen to be a priority with the students, where it’s one of the three main goals of the school: Graduation Rate, Reduce Absenteeism, and College and Career Readiness. The school is trying to find a solution to this issue because increasing intendance with help graduation rate and the college and career readiness goals our school strives for.

This grant would be very helpful to purchase items that not only would help the student attend more, but help them work from home if they were not able to attend. The safe environment of our school is a big source of pride for our staff. If there are things that are limiting the students’ ability to attend, then we see it as our mission to help out with that. A majority of our students come from schools they didn’t fit into, families that require them to work, live on their own, and/or have their own children to take care of.

The Academy at Opry Mills is about the whole student. We just don’t see things from the academic side of their life. We want to see them succeed in all facets of their life. We know what a huge difference a diploma can make in their life situation. I feel this grant will help in this goal to help take care of our students’ needs.

How the $150 would be spent:

The $150 grant will be used to purchase incentives to attend school (e.g. gift cards and healthy snacks) and tools to support students who are absent from school (e.g. flash drives and supplies to work from home).

Learn more about KDP Classroom Teacher Grants.

Read about our #GivingTuesday campaign. Every dollar given to KDP through Tuesday will go directly into the hands of an educator.

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