School districts participate in annual Count Day - WNEM TV 5

School districts participate in annual Count Day

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FREELAND, MI (WNEM) -

Did your child go to school Wednesday?  It was Count Day, and if they were absent chances are it was a bit of a blow to the district that they attend. 

There's no way you can water down the importance of Student Count Day.  Schools need every student in the district to show up on the first Wednesday of October because it accounts for 90-percent of funding from the state.

"Schools are funded by the number of kids who come into our school district and that we educate so it's very important that we have the students here so we're able to accurately account for the amount of kids we have so we get the correct amount of money we get from the state of Michigan,” Freeland Schools Superintendent Matt Cairy said.

Many districts do whatever they can to make sure students are in school for the day, sending reminders home to parents and offering incentives such as free breakfast and prize drawings.

“Freeland doesn't offer any particular incentives for kids to come to school, we think it's important for kids to come to school every day,” Cairy said.

A lot of districts advertise to get students to come to their districts to get more state money. For the most part, the Freeland district does not do that.

“Freeland is a growing district, so we’re fortunate that our county continues to go up every year and that’s something we’re blessed with,” Cairy said.

The next Count Day accounts for 10-percent of funding from the state and will be on February 8. 

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