Unadilla Valley Schools Offering Workshop On Truancy

By: Catherine Sasso

Unadilla Valley schools offering workshop on truancy The “Why Try” program, which is a resilience education curriculum that provides simple, hands-on solutions for dropout prevention, will be presented to parents and students on Tuesday, January 14th at Unadilla Valley Library. 25 percent of students nationwide drop out of high school each year. Students who complete the “Why Try” curriculum are three times more likely to graduate. (Submitted Photo)

NEW BERLIN – At 5 p.m. On Tuesday, January 14 at the Unadilla Library, the Unadilla Valley Central School District will be holding a workshop aimed at encouraging students to continue their education and not drop-out. The workshop will offer tips to parents and students.

The workshop is a part of the “Why Try” program, which is a resilience education curriculum that provides simple, hands-on solutions for dropout prevention, violence prevention, truancy reduction, and increased academic success. The workshop will take an hour and a half and dinner will be provided by NY Pizzeria.

“I'm so excited to be able to offer this in our district. I completed a needs assessment survey with UV families last fall and many, many parents said they would like support in the area of helping with homework and motivating their children to do their best in school,” said UV Parent Support Specialist Kristi Gorrell.

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Gorrell said that she reached out to the director of The Place, a youth service organization in Norwich, after hearing they had just completed training on facilitating the parent workshop focused on truancy. Breanne Heath, youth services coordinator for The Place will be leading the workshop.

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