Catie's Closet improves school attendance and removes social stigma by providing an in-school resource of clothing and basic necessities to students living below the poverty line.
New England winters are rough.
The days are short, the nights are long, the snow is endless and the temperatures are nearly unbearable. Last year, MA & NH endured the worst winter season on record.
Every winter, thousands of students fail to attend school due to because they are simply not warm enough to go. Items we take for granted, like coats, hats and winter boots mean all the world to children that cannot afford these items. Waiting for the school bus or walking to school is nearly impossible without proper warm clothing.
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The Cold Hard Facts of Absenteeism
Missing school due to cold weather affects not only the absent child, but the school system and a community as a whole:
• Students with high absenteeism rates are more likely to engage in crime, rely on public assistance and generate other social costs borne by taxpayers. apa.org
• If all of the dropouts from the class of 2011 had earned diplomas, the nation would benefit from an estimated $154 billion in income over their working lifetimes. all4ed.org
• Over 80% of the incarcerated population is high school dropouts. huffingtonpost.com
• Approximately 70% of the students missing 0 to 10 days graduated middle school. Missing more than 10 school days per year drops the graduation rate drops to 51%. betterhighschools.org
• Students from low-income families are 2.4 times more likely to drop out than middle-income kids. huffingtonpost.com
• When students improve their attendance rates, they improve their academic prospects and chances for graduating. attendanceworks.org
• Rates for juvenile violent deaths were each approximately 140% higher in the communities with chronic absenteeism than the city as a whole. nccp.org
• Communities with lower student drop-outs boast lower crime rates and more civic participation. issues.org
In the News
The blizzards of last year's winter shattered any previous records- and our local media outlets were there to prove it.
(CNN) Boston's brutal winter has made its way into the record books.
After yet another blizzard last week, the city marked its snowiest month since record-keeping started in 1872, forecasters said Sunday.
"It's official, Boston has reached its snowiest month on record with 45.5 total inches," the National Weather Service tweeted early Sunday. "The old record was 43.3 in January 2005."
(Washington Post) The Blizzard of 2015 might have been a disappointment for New York but it will go down in the record books for eastern Massachusetts after as much as 36 inches of snow fell between Monday and Tuesday, making it the snowiest storm on record in Worcester, Mass., and the snowiest January storm for Boston.
(The Weather Channel) As of 7 pm EDT on March 15, the National Weather Service in Boston announced that Boston Logan Airport received 108.6 inches of snow, official making the 2014-2015 season the all time snowiest season for the city. In the last 21 years, Boston has now had 4 of its top 5 snowiest seasons.
(Time) These numbers show just how rough the winter has been.
Boston has been pummeled with record snowfall this season, and more is likely on the way—a storm is predicted to drop 8 to 10 inches this weekend. Here are 9 reasons why that’s not particularly welcome news for Bostonians: