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Success Coaches in Action
Daniel Pfaff Pathways to Potential Leadership Award
Eliza Perez, a Pathways Success Coach at a Holland elementary school, received the MDHHS award Wednesday during a special ceremony. She is being lauded for helping the young student overcome a lice condition that was affecting the student's academic performance and opportunities in school.
The Daniel Pfaff Pathways to Potential Leadership Award is presented annually to a Pathways to Potential Success Coach or Mentor who has demonstrated leadership, compassion, and a willingness to go above and beyond to successfully and creatively remove barriers that have prevented a child or family from achieving their full potential. The efforts of the nominee have resulted in improved student attendance in the classroom and/or employment or increased self-sufficiency for the family.
Success Coach Ametrius Perteet Promotes Attendance with Collaboration and Creativity
At Harms Elementary School, Success Coach Ametrius Perteet takes a creative and innovative approach to boost student attendance. She creates an engaging space in her office to help promote attendance while aligning with the school calendar and "Fun Friday" initiative. This initiative encourages students and staff to dress up or participate in a special monthly theme. In January, Harms Elementary focused on Detroit sports teams by inviting the students to wear team colors; Pistons, Tigers, or Lions gear. In February, they honored Black History Month by highlighting Black leaders. After taking pictures of the participants in front of the themed wall, the attendance agent uploads these photos onto a slideshow to use during Harms Elementary’s “Friday Shout Outs” ceremony. The shout-outs recognize students for their attendance and excellent behavior.
Ametrius said, “The students love it!”
Success Coach Helps to Secure Grant to Increase Attendance
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!