St. Louis Public Schools officials stress importance of school attendance

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR)-St. Louis' Superintendent of Schools hit the road Sunday morning in a campaign to get kids to show up for the first day of school.  Dr. Kelvin Adams and other SLPS officials spoke about the importance of attendance at city churches, reaching out to the community.

School starts Monday in the city of St. Louis and many other districts also start this week. Dr. Adams is trying to impress upon families just how important day one is.

District leaders have been making these rounds for more than twenty years now.  The plea is the same for parents to make sure their kids are in class from the beginning and the importance that carries for them to have success throughout the year.  They also use the opportunity to update families on new programs, and there's a big one this year.  Every student in the St. Louis Public Schools will receive free breakfast and lunch every day. It is part of a federal program based on the poverty level of the district.

But they say the most important thing is for kids to simply get a fresh start.

In all, 26 churches were visited by city school officials throughout the morning.